James O. Foxx
James O. Foxx has served as the choral director at Stuttgart High in Stuttgart, Arkansas (4 years), El Dorado High in El Dorado, Arkansas (17 years), and Clovis High School in Clovis, California (18 years). He graduated from John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree (BMusEd, 1964). He received the Master of Arts Degree (MA in Music, 1969) from Ouachita University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He holds additional music and education credits from the University of Southern Mississippi, Southeastern Missouri State, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Southern Arkansas University, University of Central Arkansas, Fresno Pacific University, and the California State Universities at Fresno, San Diego and Northridge.
Mr. Foxx taught in Arkansas for 21 years (1965-1986) before moving to California where he taught 18 years (1986-2004). He has served as a choral adjudicator in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and California.
California State University, Fresno - 2003 and current (adjunct faculty)
Taught Choral Techniques and Materials, Choral Festival Coordinator
Clovis Adult Education - 2004 and continuing
Directs Clovis Community Choir and Handbells
Clovis High School - 1986 to 2004 (18 years)
Choral Director and Chairman of Performing Arts Department
Currently teaches a handbell class at the school
El Dorado High School, El Dorado, Arkansas - 1969-1986 (17 years)
Choral Director and District Coordinator of Fine Arts
Stuttgart Public Schools, Stuttgart, Arkansas - 1965-1969 (4 years)
Elementary Music Teacher, Junior and Senior High Choral Director
Master of Arts (in Music), August 1969 (Summers 1966, 1968, 1969)
Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Bachelor of Music Education, May 1964 (1959-1964)
John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
High School Diploma, May 1959
Pepperrill Air Force Base High School, St. Johns, Newfoundland
Attended 23 elementary, junior and high schools
(Father was in the United States Air Force.)
Fresno Pacific University, San Diego State University,
California State University, Northridge, California State University, Fresno
University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas
Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas
Southeast Missouri State University
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Numerous workshops and clinics
Fresno Madera Counties Music Educators Association (2000 to current)
Honor Choir Choral Representative
Western Division, American Choral Directors Association
President 1995-97, President Elect 1993-1995, Past President 1997-1999
Site Chair Western Division ACDA Conventions 1990, 1992
California American Choral Directors Association
Central Section Chair 1991-1993
Registration Chair, California ACDA Reading Clinic 1992
Southwestern Division, American Choral Directors Association
President 1984-1986, President Elect 1982-1984
Convention Planning Committee (6 two-year terms)
Newsletter Editor (3 years)
Arkansas Chapter, American Choral Directors Association
President - 2 years, President Elect - 2 years,
Music Reading Clinic Chair - 3 years
Arkansas Choral Directors Association
Executive Secretary -11 years
President - 3 years, All-State Choir Chair - 2 years,
State Festival Chair - 2 years,
Secretary - 4 years, Historian-Parliamentarian - 3 years,
Region Festival Chair - 2 years, Region Chair - 4 years
Editor: ArkCDA Notes (10 years)
SW Division: ACDA Newsletter (3 years)
Reviewer: The Choral Journal
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, California
Awards and Honors:
Outstanding Choral Director (FMCMEA) - 1995
Outstanding Teacher of the Year (Clovis High Faculty) - 1989
Outstanding Teacher of the Year (El Dorado High Faculty) - 1977
Outstanding Young Educator (El Dorado Jaycees Ed. Com.) - 1976
American Choral Directors Association
California Music Educators Association
Music Educators National Conference
Fresno-Madera Counties Music Educators Association
Stuttgart (Arkansas) Public Schools (1965-1969)
Mr. Foxx designed and implemented a school wide public school music program for a district that had only had a junior and senior high band for the past eighteen years. When he left after four years, there were four full time elementary public school teachers and full time junior high and senior high choral directors on staff. The junior and senior high choir programs had over 500 students enrolled. Foxx also became involved in the Arkansas Choral Directors Association and began serving on its board of directors.
El Dorado (Arkansas) Public Schools (1969-1986)
Mr. Foxx was hired as an assistant choral director, but after one year he became fine arts department chair and lead choral director. At one point 825 students (33% of the student body) were involved in the choir and band program. Foxx supervised 21 teachers in art, drama, choir and band. He became involved in the national American Choral Directors Association and served on the convention committee of six conventions. Foxx served as Division President (over six states) from 1984-1986. He also drove a school bus, and supervised a paint crew of teachers during the summers.
Clovis (California) Unified School District (1986 to 2004)
In 1986 Foxx became the choral director at Clovis High School. Six years later he was also given the position of chairman of the Performing Arts Department. The choir program increased to over 330 students (over 12% of the student body). CHS choirs have consistently received superior ratings at festivals and contests under the direction of Mr. Foxx. The choirs have done extensive out of state travel and won first place in Concert and Chamber Choirs and the Choir Sweepstakes at Musicfest Orlando in 1990 and 2002. In 1993 at the National Adjudicator's Invitational Festival in the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Clovis choirs won Best in Class awards with the Women's Choir and Chamber Singers and second runner up for large mixed choirs. In 1995, again at Musicfest Orlando, Clovis High won first place in Show Choir, first with Concert Choir and Chamber Singers , and second place with Men's Choir, and third place with Women's Choir and the Grand Champion Banner award in Show Choirs, ranking first of all show choirs over 15 weeks of competitions.
In 2002 at Musicfest Orlando Clovis choirs won first place in Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Show Choir, and won the Choir Sweepstakes and overall Grand Sweepstakes for Show Choirs. The "second" mixed choirs traveled to Heritage Festival in Anaheim and won superior ratings and first and second place winnings in show choir and large mixed choirs. In 2003 the choirs again traveled to Anaheim and won first division in all categories entered and won choral sweepstakes.
In 2004 the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers were invited to perform in the Heritage Festival of Gold at San Francisco where they competed at St. Ignatus Church and performed at Davies Symphony Hall. Clovis High School Choirs sang an average of 25 programs in the community each year during Mr. Foxx’s tenure. Mr. Foxx retired from Clovis High School in June 2004.
Retirement since 2004
Since retiring he has taught adult choral and handbell community choirs through Clovis Adult Education, a handbell class at Clovis High School, and a class on Choral Techniques and Materials at California State University, Fresno. In the fall semester of 2009-10 Mr. Foxx did a long term sub job at Clovis West High and in the spring semester directed at Fresno City College and CSUFresno while both their choral directors were on sabbatical leave.
In the 2010-11 school year Mr. Foxx is directing a handbell class at Clovis high and a mixed choir at University High in Frenso. He also helps coordinate a choral festival at CSUF, does some subbing and does a lot of "grand-baby" sitting.
Mr. Foxx is on Facebook (James O Foxx) and there is a page called "Mr. Foxx's Choir Groupies". Check it out.
Mr. Foxx holds the distinction of being the only person to be elected as Division President of the American Choral Directors Association in two different divisions: the Southwestern and Western Divisions. He has served on the planning committees for numerous ACDA and CMEA Division Conventions. He served as President and Executive Secretary of the Arkansas Choral Directors Association for twelve years. He holds memberships in FMCMEA, MENC, CMEA, and ACDA.
Mr. Foxx is married to Julie Foxx who is a retired elementary teacher and they have four children, nine grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
The Foxx Family
Deborah, Lewis and son Luke
Melanie, Omar, Kamryn, Mason & Dylon
David, Beth, Jayden and Tyler
Elizabeth, Betty, Max Sr, and Christopher