Stephen Evans is the vocal director for the school’s musical, has been involved in church work as a music minister, and has a deep passion for baking, all while teaching high school choir.
Evans, the new assistant choir director at Timber Creek, is originally from Mississippi, graduating from William Carey College with a Bachelor’s degree of Arts in Music.
“I worked two years in Mississippi and moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1996 to pursue a graduate degree in choral studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary,” said Evans. “I have been involved in church work as part time and full time minister of music for 17 years throughout the DFW Metroplex.”
Evans heard about the job through Amy Fambrough, head choir director, who contacted him to let him know that the position was opening up and had asked him to consider working with her.
“I have known Mrs. Fambrough for some time and have always appreciated her as a person, a colleague and a friend,” said Evans. “She has an infectious enthusiasm regarding student success, and who wouldn’t want to work with someone with these qualities?”
In addition to his role as assistant choir director, Evans is also the vocal director of music for the school’s fall musical, The Music Man. During the shows, he will play in the orchestra pit on one of the keyboards and help cue and direct student entrances.
Although Evans graduated with a degree in voice, his original plan was to major in music and become a band director.
“I attended college first on a trumpet scholarship with the desire of becoming a band director,” said Evans. “I loved singing and happened to be good at it and just one day had an epiphany that I loved singing, but only liked the trumpet. I had to weigh my loves and my likes and do what I could see myself doing for the entirety of my career. I miss the trumpet, but have no regrets regarding my decision to change my career choice.”
Aside from his job as a choir director, Evans has a unique passion for baking. He grew up watching his mom bake in the kitchen and loves the joy that food brings people.
“It brings me so much joy to put smiles on people’s faces with what we all love….food,” said Evans.
Evans has shared his passion with the Timber Creek Community by baking cakes for the counselors to thank them for all of their hard work. He plans to keep his baking passion as a hobby, having the long term goal of turning it into a second career when he retires.
“I watched my mom bake so many times, often giving the pies and cakes to neighbors, friends, the elderly or helping a family with meals if they were going through a sickness or recovery,” explained Evans. “Food is what brings people together and my mom just sort of passed this love down to me. I often think of my mom so many times when I am baking, which brings back so many fantastic memories of she and I in the kitchen together.”