Gene Holkup serves as the Assistant Director of Fine Arts for Choral and Elementary Music programs in Fort Bend ISD. Prior to his current role, he was Director of Choral Music at Hanna Early College High School in Brownsville. Ensembles under Gene’s direction earned the distinction of performing for the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic and Convention, the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association Conference, as well as invited performances with Choirs of America and CODA Concerts at Carnegie Hall. He previously taught choral music in McAllen, Edinburg and Calallen. For over 30 years, he has tirelessly served and promoted Fine Arts Education in public schools.
Since his appointment as Assistant Director of Fine Arts in 2017, Gene has worked to improve the secondary choral and elementary music programs. These programs are now receiving state and regional recognition through performances for the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic and Convention as well as the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association Conference. FBISD has established the FBISD Kodály Institute where Elementary Music teachers earn Level I, Level II and Level III Kodály Certification.
Mr. Holkup has helped the Fort Bend ISD programs to grow and improve through collaboration, collective teacher efficacy, quality professional development and teacher coaching by guest clinicians and mentor teachers. He is committed to make a positive influence in the Fine Arts Department of Fort Bend ISD by equipping, empowering and inspiring the elementary and secondary choral music educators.
Gene earned his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Sam Houston State University. Gene holds membership in the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Administrators Conference, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, the American Choral Directors Association, Pi Kappa Lambda (Music Honor Society), and currently serves as Vice President of TMEA Region 13.