Location: Illinois, USA
R. Brett Goad is a native of Galesburg, Illinois. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University, receiving both his BA and MA in Choral Music Education. In his 39 years of teaching, he taught choral music in six Illinois schools: LaSalle-Peru Twp., Macomb, Lake Park, Hinsdale South, Downers Grove North and Providence-St. Mel. Along with his music responsibilities he also served as the Director of Student Activities at Hinsdale South HS. At present, he serves as the Director of the Young Naperville Singers Young Men’s Chorus. In addition, he also serves as a student teaching supervisor for Illinois State University.
He is a 2014 recipient of the Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence from the Illinois Music Education Association, in recognition of teaching excellence in music education. Other awards include him being named the 2009 Student Activity Director of the Year by IDSA (Illinois Directors of Student Activities). He was also awarded the 2009 Most Influential Educator Award by the Hinsdale South Student Council as well as recognition from the State of Illinois “Those Who Excel” program.
He has held various leadership positions within the Illinois Music Educator Association and the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He currently serves as the Vice-President of the ACDA Central Division (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio). Brett is in his second term on the Western Illinois University Alumni Council and his first term as a member of the Executive Board for Cor Cantiamo.
Presently, he sings in the Downers Grove First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir. He continues to serve as a clinician, adjudicator and festival director.