About BAYS

Established in 2007, Bay Area Youth Singers is an independent, non-profit organization in Houston’s Clear Lake area that fosters a love of music. Members develop their singing voices, poise, self-discipline, and a love and appreciation of great music through weekly rehearsals and performances throughout the year.

BAYS alumni have gone on to perform in regional, state and national competitions as well as become members of competitive high school choirs.

BAYS Staff

Nicole Daniel Artistic Director, is in her sixth year as a BAYS director after relocating from Dallas, TX in 2016. Mrs. Daniel received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University in May 2009. Following college, she ran her own voice studio in the North Dallas area for four years, held an associate director position at Forest Meadow Junior High in Richardson ISD and concluded her time in North Dallas as the head director at Renner Middle School in Plano ISD where she was named Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016 and lead the choirs through UIL with Sweepstakes ratings. She holds affiliations with the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Choral Directors Association. Currently, Mrs. Daniel is the head choir director at Victory Lakes Intermediate in CCISD and the proud wife to Aaron and a mom to her four children Noah (9), Sadie (7), Ella (5) and Asher (2).

Mrs. Williams is new to the BAYS staff this season, directing the Children’s Choir. She previously taught 5th and 6th grade choir in Pasadena at Lomax Middle School. Mrs. Williams is married, has two children, and two cats. She is from Dallas, Texas and is a big sports fan! And not just your typical sports – Ms. Williams’ favorite sport is hockey! She is really looking forward to making music with you and getting to meet all the BAYS members.

Kristen Dickson is the director of Prelude. She comes to this position with 14 years experience teaching elementary music and choir at P.H. Greene Elementary School in CCISD, a position she resigned in May so she could pursue the role of full-time mom to her two boys. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Tech University in 2009, studying under Dr. John Dickson and Kathy McNeil. She and her husband, Adam, helped lead praise and worship for over 10 years at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church.

Lara Fulcher grew up in a small town in central Russia, about 1000 miles east of Moscow. At the age of 14 she enrolled in Asbest Music College, where she majored in piano and music theory. Later she enrolled in The Chelyabinsk Academy of Culture and Art, where she continued her music education for another five years. She studied piano, music theory, and music pedagogy with an emphasis on choir direction. She completed her graduate program at the Chelyabinsk Academy with honors. Lara has more than 20 years of experience teaching music, collaborating as a pianist, directing choirs, and organizing musical events. Lara moved to League City, Texas, in 2006, and since that time has continued to be active in music. She is a highly sought-after accompanist and works with a number of high school and middle school music programs in multiple school districts. She also owns a private piano studio, where she is sharing her love of music with her students.

Carol Barwick Carol Barwick — A founder and board member of the Bay Area Youth Singers organization, Ms. Barwick also serves as executive director. She coordinates the business of BAYS, serves as a pianist and vocal coach, and is the number one cheerleader for the group. Her music background includes 30 years teaching choral and general music in public elementary, junior high, and high schools. She has served as a church pianist and music director, accompanist for instrumentalists, singers and choral groups. She has recently retired from 30 years teaching piano in her home studio. Her professional affiliations include the American and Texas Choral Directors Associations, Texas Music Educators Association, and Music Teachers National and Texas Music Teachers Associations.

BAYS Board of Directors, 2023 2024 Season

  • Margaret C. Jordan, President
  • Paula Zikogiannis, Secretary
  • Warren Renander, Treasurer
  • Dan Rabb, Ph.D., Co-Treasurer & Archivist
  • Julie Jackson, Ph.D., Past President
  • Sandra Strickhouser, Member
  • Amanda Mark, BAYS Parent Member
  • Gloria Summey, BAYS Parent Member
  • Aaron Daniel, BAYS Parent Member
  • Randall Xu, Ph.D., Alumni Parent Member
  • Carol Barwick, Executive Director/Member
  • Nicole Daniel, Artistic Director/Member