Director of Choirs
Derrick Brookins has served the students and parents in Texas Music Education for more than 22 years. Mr. Brookins’ teaching experience spans a vast range of elementary and secondary choral music, from kindergarten to collegiate. Brookins has served on the faculty of Travis Jr. High in Irving, TX., Williams High School, and Plano Senior High School, in Plano, TX. Mr. Brookins has also served as a Professor of Choral Music for The University of Texas-Dallas. Currently, he serves as Dean of Music for Trivium Academy. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Mr. Brookins has completed an undergraduate degree in choral music education from the University of North Texas and a Masters of Secondary Education/Administration from Concordia University. He is presently working on his Ph.D. at North Central University.
For thirteen years, Mrs. Brookins studied under and performed with world-renowned choral musician Moses Hogan. As a choral music performer, Mr. Brookins has performed on four continents and for several European royal families and two US Presidents in venues such as the White House and the Sydney Opera House. He is a highly sought-after choral clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. He has presented several educational workshops for the Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Southwestern American Choral Directors Association, and the National American Choral Directors Association.
Under Mr. Brookins’ direction, Choirs consistently receive Sweepstakes Awards at the UIL contest and are named “Best in Class” at several choral festivals throughout the United States. Mr. Brookins’ choirs have had the honor of being invited to perform and representing the State of Texas at the following conventions: National MENC Convention in San Antonio (2005), the National American Choral Directors’ Association Convention in Miami, FL (2007), Dallas, TX (2013), and Minneapolis, MN (2017). Mr. Brookins’ choirs have been invited twice to perform for the Texas Music Education Association Convention in San Antonio, TX, in 2009 and then again in 2017.
Mr. Brookins has twice been recognized as Teacher of the Year at Williams High School (2000). Again, for Plano Senior High School (2008), Mr. Brookins receives the Honorary Life Membership Award from the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers.
Mr. Brookins has served and demonstrated leadership skills for the Texas Music Educators Association in the Regional and Area Vocal Chairman capacity for over fifteen years and has served the membership as the Texas Music Educators Association State Vocal Chair. Mr. Brookins holds presently professional membership with the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, American Choral Directors Association, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.
Assistant Director of Choirs
Heather Leal is excited to be returning to Klein Oak Choir Program for year five! Prior to Klein Oak, Mrs. Leal was at Dueitt Middle School in Spring ISD for 4 years. Mrs. Leal attended Sam Houston State University where she received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. While at SHSU, she was a member of The SHSU Chorale, the premiere ensemble, under the direction of Dr. James Franklin and had the privilege of studying Choral Education under Denise Eaton. Her professional affiliations include TMEA and TCDA. When Mrs. Leal isn’t teaching she enjoys traveling and attending concerts of all sorts with her husband, Steve. Mrs. Leal and her husband are proud parents of 4 fur babies; Smokey(dog), Elliott(cat), Rowdy(cat) & Leila(dog)