Lamar Choir Staff
Director of Choirs
Greg Haugen has taught his entire career in the Arlington ISD. After graduating from Dallas Baptist University in 1999, Greg became the assistant choir director at Nichols Junior High and served in that capacity until 2001 when he became the head director. In 2016, Mr. Haugen accepted an assistant position at Lamar High School and he assumed the head director position in the fall of 2020. Under his direction, Greg’s choirs receive outstanding UIL ratings and have been named “Best in Class” at area spring competitions. In 2007, the Nichols JH “Men of the Mustang Chorale” were given the honor of performing at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention.
Active as both a clinician and adjudicator, Mr. Haugen is a member of TMEA, the Texas Choral Directors Association, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He was given the honor of being named a Minyard’s “First Class Teacher” in 2005, an Honorary PTA Life Membership at Nichols JH in 2007, received the “Servant Leader in Education Award” from the College of Education at DBU in 2008, and served Nichols JH as its “Teacher of the Year” for the 2012-2013 school year. Greg has also served Region V as the Middle School Vocal Chair.
In addition to his work at Lamar High School, Greg Haugen is also the youth choir director at First United Methodist in Arlington and leads worship in the contemporary service. He also fronts a band, Center313, which plays festivals, worship services, and retreats in the DFW area. They have released three albums which can be found on major streaming platforms.
Even though Greg keeps a pretty full work/church schedule, he still finds time to play golf, explore his passion of Lego modeling, eat Whataburger, and is a member of the Arlington City Champion Softball team, “Potluck”. He and his wife, Amy, live in Arlington with their three strikingly beautiful children, Karalyn, Erica, and Jack.
Associate Director of Choirs
Meredith Hendricks is a dynamic educator, music director, adjudicator, and performer who is passionate about instilling a lifelong love of music in the next generation, having taught various age groups from elementary to the collegiate level. A Texas Panhandle native, Meredith holds an MM Musical Theatre Performance from Arizona State University, and a BM Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University, Magna Cum Laude.
Ms. Hendricks is a longstanding member of TMEA, TCDA, and NATS. She served as adjunct faculty at West Texas A&M University, and is the former Honor Choir Chair for AzACDA and Region Chair for TPSMEA.
She has most recently sung with Voice of Fort Worth, under the direction of Dr. Jerry Bierschenk. Favorite roles and shows include Marian Paroo (The Music Man), Sarah (Guys and Dolls), Laurey (Oklahoma), Once on This Island (Andrea), Godspell (Robyn) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Ms. Hendricks is thrilled to be joining the Lamar Choir Family – VFND! She and her two children are enjoying making North Arlington their new home.