InspirationDr. Allen HightowerGraduate of Sam in 1989

Who are you?Well, Im a Christian and I am the product of people from East Texas. Im a person who is passionate about music making and is very fortunate to work with college students five out of seven days, doing what I love to do most, which is choral music. I am a husband, and I hope to be a father some day. I received my undergraduate from this school and have been privileged to study at other great schools as well.What dream are you striving to fulfill?I want to the finest conductor that I can possibly become, whatever level it takes me to, whether its to continue forever in collegiate music making or in addition to that working in a professional choral. To be a great conductor. Worst mistake you ever made?I think not realizing early enough that I could really do anything that I wanted to.What are your pet projects?I really dont have time for hobbies much. My wife and I are trying to find a home or build a home. So that is sort of our Sunday afternoon, looking at homes and talking to builders. Thats our project right now.Who is your inspiration?I guess the man with who I did my graduate degree, Donald Neuen. He is a very inspiring person on many levels. What do you want to be remembered for?I would like to be remembered as a man who walked with God, and a man who made the lives of other people a lot richer.What piece of music moves you the most emotionally?”The Finale, the 4th Movement of Beethovens 9th Symphony.”

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