BAYS Staff

Carol BarwickCarol 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.

Nicole DanielNicole Daniel is the BAYS Artistic Director. She relocated from Dallas in 2016. Most recently, she was the Head Choir Director at Renner Middle School in Plano ISD where she was named Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016 and under her leadership the choirs earned Sweepstakes ratings. Prior to that, Mrs. Daniel was the Associate Choir Director at Forest Meadow Junior High in Richardson ISD and ran a successful private voice studio. She was a member of the Dallas Symphony Chorus and performed with Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas. She holds affiliations with the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Choral Directors Association.

Mrs. Daniel received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University in May 2009, studying under Dr. John Dickson and Kathy McNeil. Currently, Mrs. Daniel is a full-time mom to her four children and is a member of Clear Creek Community Church in Friendswood.

Lori Wagner photoLori Wagner is the director of the Children’s Choir. She has more than twenty years of teaching experience and has conducted choirs at the elementary, middle school, high school, and adult levels.

She was fortunate to spend a year at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary, training in conducting, music education, and musicianship.

Lori is from New Orleans and comes to Houston after positions in Plano, New Orleans, and The Hague (Netherlands). She currently teaches music to students in grades 2-5 at Awty International School.

Lonnie TannerLonnie W. Tanner, collaborative pianist, is a 1991 graduate of the Baylor University School of Music.

He has served as a choral director in both Pasadena ISD and Clear Creek ISD. He has accompanied the 2005 and 2010 TMEA All-State Men’s Chorus and was honored to conduct the 2000 New Mexico All-State Children’s Choir.

Recently retired from twenty-eight years in the classroom, he currently is on staff at Friendswood Methodist Church and continues to collaborate with public school and community choral programs as an accompanist, clinician and consultant. An avid traveler, Lonnie enjoys leading tour groups to increase cultural appreciation around the globe in people of all ages.

BAYS Board of Directors

  • President: Margaret Jordan
  • Secretary: Delia Stephens
  • Treasurer: Warren Renander
  • Members: Sandra Strickhouser, Julie Jackson, Patricia LaChance, Carol Barwick, Amanda Mark, Paula Zikogiannis, Dan Raab