Music Teaching Duo Receive Alumni Award

October 15, 2018

Jared and Carla Hardy selfie
Jared and Carla Hardy will received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Homecoming 2018.

Jared and Carla Hardy, secondary music educators in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw School District, will be honored as one of Wayland Baptist University’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners at the homecoming banquet on Friday, October 26.

Carla Hardy earned her bachelor’s degree from Wayland in 2002 and later earned a master’s degree in 2013.  She was named Miss Wayland 2002 and was in the International Choir while a student. After graduation, Carla began teaching music in Plainview, Frenship and in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw schools, where she currently serves as assistant choir director at Chisholm Trail High School under husband Jared, who is choir director.

Together, the Hardys have grown the Chisholm Trail Chorale program exponentially and created a high-performing group that has performed across the country and received multiple and consecutive UIL Sweepstakes awards for each of the six competing choirs in the program. They also were the founding sponsors of the Ranch Hands, a spirit and service organization that eventually grew into Ranger Renaissance in partnership with the Jostens Renaissance program that focuses on recognition and celebration of the Chisholm Trail family.

Carla is a frequent choral judge and clinician statewide and served as the All-State Treble Choir Coordinator in 2016 and 2017 for Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). She was named the 2018 Teacher of the Year at CTHS, 2018 Secondary Teacher of the Year for EMSISD and a 2018 National Educator of the Year for Jostens Renaissance.

Jared taught alongside his wife at Frenship High School before taking the directorship at Chisholm Trail during its first year in 2012. He has also been a section leader for the Texas Tech All-State Choir Camp and has served on committees with the Texas Choral Directors Association convention. He is currently chair-elect for the TMEA Region 30 vocal division and has been selected as a conductor for the TCDA Winter Conference.

“In the less than 10 years since they have graduated, Jared and Carla Hardy have become legends in the high school choral world, known around the state and far beyond for their talent, service and passion for their craft,” said Teresa Young, alumni director. “Both incredibly talented vocalists, the Hardys are making a life of building the same talent and passion for music in their young charges, becoming valuable mentors along the way. They are so deserving of this honor.”

The dinner banquet will feature a barbecue meal from Weekends. Tickets are $15 and require advance reservations by October 19 by calling Young at (806) 291-3600.