About the Teacher
Phone: 512-759-4541 x.8016
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music - Music Studies: Instrumental Emphasis - The University of Texas at Austin (2000) Master of Music in Music Education (Wind Band Conducting) - Stephen F. Austin State University (2015) Texas Principal Certificate - Stephen F. Austin State University (2017)
Mrs. Jo Ann Champion
Jo Ann Champion is the head band director at Hutto Middle School, where she directs the Wind Ensemble and instructs Beginning Band students in flute, oboe, French horn, and bassoon. In addition, she serves on the Hutto ISD Strategic Planning Committee (Vision 2025), the Hutto Middle School Leadership Committee and as Department Chair for the HMS Electives Department. Prior to joining the Hutto Middle School staff, Mrs. Champion was the Head Band Director at Smithville Junior High School from 2003-2007, where she conducted the Symphonic Band, and served as Assistant Band Director in Lexington ISD from 2000-2003, where she led the LMS Concert Band and assisted with the Lexington HS Band.
Mrs. Champion holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Studies - Instrumental Emphasis from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Music degree in Music Education with a concentration in Wind Band Conducting from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She recently completed the Principal Preparation Program at the Stephen F. Austin State University Perkins College of Education and holds a Texas Principal Certificate. Mrs. Champion is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, Women Band Directors International, Tau Beta Sigma International Band Service Sorority, Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, and Pi Kappa Lambda International Music Honor Society. She is also a provisional member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, a Life Member of the Texas Exes, where she is involved in the organization's mentoring network, and is active in the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band.
Under the direction of Mrs. Champion, the Hutto Middle School Wind Ensemble has earned multiple awards in performance, including 6 UIL Sweepstakes Awards in the annual UIL Concert and Sightreading Evaluation and Superior performance and Best in Class in multiple appearances in area music festivals. While pursuing her Master of Music degree, she was elected by the Faculty College at Stephen F. Austin State University for recognition in Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities, one of only 98 students from the whole of the university population selected for this recognition. In addition she was selected for a Texas Music Educators Association Graduate Scholarship in 2014. Mrs. Champion was awarded the Pat McNallen Scholarship in Music Education by the Texas Music Educators Association in 2015. Also in 2015, Mrs. Champion was a nominee for the Music and Arts National Music Educator of the Year, as well as a State Semifinalist in the 2015 HEB Excellence in Education Awards. She attributes the successes in her life to a passion for learning, wonderful teachers and mentors, and to the knowledge and motivation her students give her each day.
In her free time, Mrs. Champion enjoys reading, writing, cooking, hiking, and geocaching. She also loves to run. This is Mrs. Champion's twelfth year at Hutto Middle School and her nineteenth year overall in music education. Her husband of 15 years, Brandon, and daughter, Emily, are happy and proud to call the Hippo Nation home.
Mrs. Champion's conference period is 12:00 p.m. to 12:44 p.m. daily. Band tutorials are available Monday through Thursday mornings from 7:45 - 8:20 a.m.
2018-2019 Wind Ensemble
If you need to rent an instrument for your child from a music store, we will host a Band Supply Shopping Night in the HMS Band Hall on August 23rd from 5:00-7:30 p.m. We will have representatives from Better Than New Band Repair, Strait Music Company, and TSG Music available to sell band books, reeds, valve oil, and to rent instruments as well.
In addition, if you need to pay any of your child's band fees, we will be able to accept those as well (Mrs. C. will have a payment station set up).
We hope this is helpful to our parents. The event is come-and-go, so you're welcome to drop-in anytime between 5 and 7:30 p.m. We will help everyone who arrives by 7:30 p.m., so if you're a commuter, please know you have plenty of time to make it in.
Please check the file library page, linked on the left menu bar, for the supply list for your child's band class. These are in PDF format for your convenience.