Head Choir Director
Aaron Lucero is in his tenth year of teaching and his seventh year as the Head Choral Director at Newman Smith High School. Prior to being at Newman Smith, he served as the Associate Choir Director at Lake Highlands High School in Richardson ISD and Robinson Middle School in Plano ISD.
Choirs under the direction of Mr. Lucero have consistently received Sweepstakes at UIL contest and his students have been successful at Solo and Ensemble, Region, and placed in the All-State choirs. In 2013, he had the privilege of assisting and conducting the Robinson Middle School Varsity A Cappella Treble Choir at the Texas Music Educators Association’s annual convention in San Antonio. Mr. Lucero is a sought-after tenor soloist in the DFW Metroplex and currently sings in the Highland Park Presbyterian Chorale. He presently serves as the Music Director for Community Christian Church in Richardson, TX, and is the Assistant Conductor for the Youth Chorus of the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas. He also serves as the Tenor section leader for the Texas Tech University All-State Choir Camp and is a contributing author for Hal Leonard/McGraw Hill’s latest national choral textbook series Voices in Concert. His professional affiliations include the American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Choral Directors Association.
He is a 2012 graduate of Texas Tech University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance with a minor in Italian.
Mr. Lucero resides in Dallas, Texas with his husband, Jeff Cannon.
Associate Choir Director
Paige Nolan is in her third year of teaching, and her first year as the Associate Choir Director at Newman Smith High School. Prior to this year, Ms. Nolan worked in Richardson ISD as the Associate Choir Director at Westwood Junior High School and Richardson High School. She also completed her student teaching at Newman Smith High School in the Fall of 2018.
Ms. Nolan is a current member of the Highland Park Chorale, a professional choir in the DFW area, which performs concerts with advanced repertoire throughout the year. Most recently, Ms. Nolan was invited as a member of the Highland Park Chorale to perform at the 2022 Southwest American Choral Directors Association Convention in Little Rock, Arkansas. She also serves as the Alto Section Leader at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.
Ms. Nolan graduated from Texas Tech University in 2018 where she received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education, graduating at the top of her cohort.