Kyle “Doc” Howard became the musical director of the MountainTown Singers in December of 2016. Prior to that time he had been a member of the chorus, and then, one of the co-directors.
Kyle holds a B.S. in Music Education from Bryan College in Dayton, TN. He has worked as a music teacher at every level from kindergarten to high school. He has taught general music, music theory, choir, and band. In addition, he has served as a choir director in various churches.
Kyle has an extensive background in the performing arts. He has been an actor in community theater, playing Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, as well as smaller featured roles, and chorus work. He has also worked as a stage manager for both the Chattanooga Opera Company and Chattanooga Ballet, served as the music director for the Chattanooga Theater Centre’s Youth Theater Program, and has even worked as a background extra in the movie “42”, starring Chad Boseman and Harrison Ford.
Kyle grew up in music. His father was the minister of music in the church he grew up in, and his mother was the organist. In high school Kyle was a member of the band program, and won the John Philip Sousa Band Award in his senior year. During his college days, his work study was in the music program, where he gained valuable insights into program planning as an “insider” on the music planning committee. Kyle won the senior music award as a college senior, as well.
Kyle has been married to Bambi Hallows Howard since 1986. They have six children, two daughter-in-laws, one son-in-law, and one brand new grandson.