Music Faculty

Dr. Thomas Singletary – Director of Instrumental Music

Dr. Thomas Singletary

Dr. Thomas Singletary is an active conductor, composer, clinician, and music educator. A rising composer and transcriber for winds, he is highly regarded for his custom music arrangements for high school and collegiate marching bands around the nation. A Georgia native, Singletary holds degrees in Music Education from Florida State University and the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. He earned a Ph.D. in Music Education and Wind Conducting from Florida State University in 2016, where he served as a teaching assistant for the university bands. He has served as Instrumental Music Director at North Central Texas College since 2019.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Singletary taught music at Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Florida for seventeen years, where he led a team of teachers committed to musical excellence through concert band, marching band, jazz ensemble, and chamber music.  Under his direction, the Eau Gallie Symphonic Band gave highly acclaimed performances at many district, state and national festivals. In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Singletary received the Oliver Hobbs Award from the Florida Bandmasters Association and the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association. His principal teachers include James Croft, Robert Sheldon, Clifford Madsen, Donald Schleicher, Patrick Dunnigan and Richard Clary.

Adjunct Faculty

Linda Jenkins - Flute

Linda Jenkins

Linda Jenkins is an avid collaborative musician based in Denton, Texas. Specializing in contemporary music, Linda frequently works with local composers as a soloist and chamber musician. She can be heard playing with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra and NOVA Contemporary Ensemble, as well as various smaller groups in the Dallas metroplex. In 2018, Linda commissioned and premiered a recital of works for solo flute and piccolo in collaboration with the Oregon Composers Forum. She was also the resident flute and piccolo player for the TaiHei Ensemble, a chamber group dedicated to premiering non-Western inspired contemporary works.

In 2019 she was named first prizewinner of Atlanta Flute Club’s Carl D. Hall piccolo competition. Linda has been a guest performer at the biennial Oregon Bach Festival’s Composer Symposium, SEAMUS, University of Oregon’s Musicking conference, Greater Portland Flute Society’s Spring Flute Fair, National Flute Association, and has performed in master classes for Bonita Boyd, Carol Wincenc, Jim Walker, Elizabeth Rowe, and many other notable flutists. 

Linda has a B.M. from Bowling Green State University and a M.M. from the University of Oregon where she studied with Dr. Conor Nelson and Professor Molly Barth respectively. She recently completed a Graduate Artist Certificate with Professor Terri Sundberg at the University of North Texas and is beginning Doctoral studies in Fall 2020.

Dr. Katie Rice – Clarinet and Saxophone

Dr. Katie Rice

Clarinetist Katie Rice has quickly emerged as a sought-after performer and private teacher in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. She is adjunct professor of clarinet and saxophone at Tarrant County College (Northwest), McLennan Community College, and North Central Texas College.

As a performer she maintains an active profile and is equally skillful on both clarinet and bass clarinet. She has visited several colleges and universities to present recitals and masterclasses in the midwest, and is often invited to perform at national and international conferences. Recent highlights include performances at International Clarinet Association, College Music Society, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and Texas Clarinet Colloquium.

She is also a founding member of Laissez-Pair, an emerging bass clarinet duo that regularly performs new and obscure works. Recently the duo was invited to premiere new commissions for bass clarinet duet at the International Clarinet Association.

Katie earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music (MM) degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor of Music (BM) degree from Wartburg College.