Biographical page for Daryel Nance.



Houston (1975-2003):

1975 to present:  Director of Music Ministry and Organist - St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6800 Buffalo Speedway., Houston, Texas 77025; (713) 667-9111.  Responsibilities for Director of Music Ministry and Organist include:   Recruiting, training, and directing the music ministry volunteers involved in parish choirs, vocal ensembles, instrumental ensembles, and keyboardists;  planning and implementing parish worship activities that involve worship through music, under the pastoral supervision of the pastor;  and to monitor the functional condition of music hardware and audio systems involved in music ministry.  Daryel is an active member in both the Houston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Director of Music Ministries Division of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.  Because of Daryel's electronics/computer background, an adjunct responsibility exists for various electronic systems as need arises (phone network, audio systems, etc.).

St. Vincent's Music Ministry currently involves 75 volunteer musicians in a wide diversity of roles in six music ensembles:  5:45 Saturday Mass:  vocal ensemble;  7:30 Sunday Mass:  cantors;  9:30 Sunday Mass: contemporary music ensemble;   11:00 Sunday Mass:  vocal ensembles with various instruments;  12:30 Sunday Mass: high school age vocal ensemble;  2:00 Sunday: Baptism musicians;  5:45 Sunday Mass:  junior high to fifth grade school age vocal ensemble with adult musicians. The pipe organ is a three manual, thirty-eight stop, fifty-four rank pipe organ, built by Rieger of Schwartzach Austria, installed in 1974.  The fourteen bell chime was built by Petit and Fritsen of Holland and installed 1968 by I. T. Verdin Company of Cincinnati.

1985-1997:  Computer Network Administration and Systems Integration - St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and School Offices (concurrent with Director of Music - St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1975-2001).  Responsibilities for Computer Network Administration / Systems Integration included:  Network installation, system administration, systems integration, and technical support.  Initially three Unix (XENIX) based mini-computers, accessed through a network of 24 dumb terminals, was St. Vincent's the first information network. That system was replaced by a network of 38 Windows PC workstations on a Novell server.  (St. Vincent's network has since quadrupled in size, migrated to four NT 4 servers with networked classrooms, two computer labs, and a T-1 internet line. The combined school and parish network is now managed by a full time administrator.)

1982-1984:  Music Coordinator and Seminary Organist - St. Mary's Seminary, Houston, Texas  (concurrent with Director of Music - St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1975-2000). Responsibilities for Music Coordinator and Seminary Organist included:  Assisting seminarians in preparing music used in worship by the seminary community, assisting in the liturgical formation of seminarians in planning and implementing music in liturgy, and assisting in the musical worship of the seminary community.

1983-1984:  Member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission - Diocese of Galveston-Houston  (concurrent with Director of Music - St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1975-2000). As a member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, Daryel assisted in planning and in performing music for worship at various diocesan liturgical activities. He was a Charter member of the Galveston-Houston Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.



Dallas (1968-1975):

1972-1975:  Director of Music and Seminary Organist - Holy Trinity Seminary at the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, Diocese of Dallas.  Responsibilities for Director of Music and Seminary Organist included:   Preparing music used in worship by the seminary community and at diaconate and priesthood ordinations, assisting in the liturgical formation of seminarians in planning and implementing music in liturgy, and directing the musical worship of the seminary community.

1974-1975:  Director of the University Choir, University Organist and Adjunct Professor (Music) - the University of Dallas, Irving, Texas (concurrent with Director of Music - Holy Trinity Seminary, 1972-1975).  Responsibilities for Director of the University Choir,  University Organist and Adjunct Professor (Music) included:  Recruiting, training and directing the University Choir.  Assisting in campus celebrations of the liturgy.  Organist for university ceremonies.  Instructor for basic music courses.  Organized various "impromptu" student concerts in connection with Dr. Robert Dupree and others of the university community.

1968-1972:  Organist and Choirmaster - Christ the King Catholic Church, Dallas, Texas.  Responsibilities for Organist and Choirmaster included:   Recruiting, training, and directing the music ministry volunteers involved in parish choirs, vocal ensembles, instrumental ensembles, and keyboardists;  planning and implementing parish worship activities that involve worship through music, under the pastoral supervision of the pastor;  and to monitor the functional condition of music hardware and audio systems involved in music ministry.



Education and employment through 1968:

1964-1968:  North Texas State University, Denton, Texas - Math major / Physics minor / Music Major (Initially pursued  a B.Science degree, eventually migrating to a B.Music degree - after completing approx. 140 plus credit hours, left to accept a music position, without the completion of any degree.)  Organ student of Dr. Charles Brown (Fulbright scholar student of Anton Heiler, Germany).  Voice student of Eugene Connelly (Metropolitan Opera, New York, N.Y.).  Received congressional appointment to West Point U.S. Military Academy 1966 (U.S. Rep. J. Poole).  Director of the N.T.S.U. U.S. Air Force R.O.T.C. Band.

1967:  Electronics engineering technician - Texas Instruments, Inc., Dallas, Texas  (concurrent with NTSU, 1964-1968 ).  Returned to N.T.S.U. during the Vietnam conflict.
 

Pre-1964: (1960-1964 North Dallas High School, Dallas, Texas).

1960-1964:  Organ student of Russell Brydon, Church of the Incarnation, Episcopal, Dallas, Texas (Graduate of the Royal School, London, England).

1961-1963:  Piano student of Ruth Rutherford, Special student program - Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

1963-1964:  Drum Major - North Dallas High School Marching Band and U.S. Army R.O.T.C. Band.

1964:  Dallas Regional Science Fair - winner of the U.S. Air Force Nuclear Science award and the Bell Telephone award in physics.

Miscellaneous:
Several years of private study with various teachers on piano, organ, clarinet and bass violin.
Amateur Radio License - K5JNQ (1958).
Born May 14th, Dallas, Texas (1946).

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