Artistic Director: Jim Kritikos

Kritikos, a native Texan hailing from San Antonio, is a musician, educator, mentor, and advocate for fine arts. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education in Choral Conducting and Band Conducting from Louisiana State University. He spent 15 years as a choir director, serving in the public school system at Cedar Park High School in Leander ISD, Canyon Lake High School in Comal ISD, and finally at Klein Oak High School in Klein ISD. Choirs under his direction were consistent award winners for UIL contests and numerous festivals and showcases.

Jim also served as the musical director for many musicals throughout his high school teaching career, including the 2019 production of Bright Star at Klein Oak High School which earned him the Tommy Tune Awards for Best Musical and Best Musical Director. Jim developed and implemented a unique approach to classroom teaching, making student leadership and ownership the central focus, allowing students to learn how to be self-starters and critical thinkers.

Jim left the classroom in 2021 to pursue a career at Farmers Insurance, where he owns an agency in Porter, TX. In addition, he is serving as the Director of Worship at Wildwood United Methodist Church in Magnolia, TX.

Assistant Art Director and Accompanist: Craig Stephan

Craig returns to the bench, excited to accompany MCCS in this 52nd anniversary season. Craig is the Director of Music Ministries at First Methodist Conroe. Having been back in Conroe for 17 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. Craig has been involved with MCCS in various capacities since 2009. We are very excited for a wonderful season here at Montgomery County Choral Society this year!