Heather Orr - Artistic Director

Conductor, Performer, and Innovative teacher, Heather Orr joins the Montgomery County Choral Society as the Artistic Director this year.

An undergraduate degree in Voice Performance from Heidelberg University (College), Orr received a Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from The Ohio State University. 

In addition to MCCS, Orr is beginning her 18th year as the Head Director of Choral Activities at Montgomery High School and twenty four years teaching. Choirs under Orr's direction have been seen at several conventions including, ACDA Chicago, TMEA and SWACDA Oklahoma City. Orr's choirs consistently earn Sweepstakes at UIL Competitions and choirs under her direction have been recognized with Best in Class awards at several festivals in Texas, Florida and New York. 

Orr is a member of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers” “Who’s Who Among American Women” and was awarded a TMEA scholarship towards doctoral studies.  Orr has been recognized with the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award and Fine Arts Teacher of the Year Award for Montgomery County. She has also served TMEA and TCDA as Conductor, Clinician, and Presenter, as well as host, and adjudicator. Orr's professional affiliations include TMEA, TCDA, ACDA and TMAA. 

Heather Orr resides in Montgomery, TX and has been married to Will Orr for 25 years. She has four children,  all of whom are singers, twins, Carly and Abby (22), Christopher(20) and Claire (16).

Craig Stephan - Asst. Artistic Director/Accompanist

Now in his ninth season with MCCS, Craig Stephan is back on the bench and elated to be sharing the stage from his original Choral Society perspective..... at the ivories.

Craig is currently Director of Music Ministries at First Methodist Conroe.  Having been in Conroe for 11 years now, he has served at First Methodist since 2009.  

After returning to Texas from a number of years in New York and Kentucky, Craig spent many years as a coach/accompanist in the vocal music and music theater departments at Sam Houston State.  Time out of state was devoted to serving several churches in different leadership positions, but primarily developing a career in the AD and PR world with a Regional Sales Director stint thrown in for good measure.  Before leaving our great state for 15 years, Craig served a number of local churches, focused on performance opportunities and taught school.  

He has a music degree from Baylor University, but is equally grateful for terrific music teachers he had right here in Conroe.  He hasn't forgotten that very first recital at age 7, and the thrill of the music still captures him.