Mr. Wheatley is in his sixth year of teachingm, fifth at Ed Willkie, and second as the Head Choral Director. Prior to teaching at Ed Willkie, Mr. Wheatley was the head high school director at Fayette County High School, in Fayetteville, Georgia. Mr. Wheatley is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, and serves on the National Organization History Committee for the American Choral Directors Association. Mr. Wheatley enjoys teaching students how much more music is than just notes, but what amazing things can happen when we learn to read the notes!Mr. Wheatley holds a Master of Arts in Secondary Choral Education from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a Bachelor of Music Education in Vocal and Instrumental Music from Friends University in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas. While at Alabama, Mr. Wheatley taught courses in education, conducted multiple choirs, and was named the Most Outstanding Music Education Graduate Student in 2012. Mr. Wheatley has numerous experiences as an operatic vocalist, as well as a choral singer and conductor. He has performed across the United States on numerous tours and conventions. He has also been on international tours to Germany, Italy, France, England, and South Korea. He has had the pleasure to perform in many notorious places like Carnegie Hall, Cologne Cathedral, Seoul Arts Center, St. John’s College (Cambridge) Chapel, King’s College (Cambridge) Chapel, University Church of St. Mary the Virgin (Oxford), and Ely Cathedral. Mr. Wheatley performs in the Ft. Worth area as a vocalist with many church choirs and also sings with Schola Cantorum of Texas, directed by Dr. Jerry McCoy.
In his spare time, Mr. Wheatley enjoys watching college football and basketball, hunting with friends back in Kansas, FactTimeing with his niece and nephew, writing and arranging music, and hosting dinner gatherings.
Please feel free to contact Mr. Wheatley at any time for more information about the Choir Department!Kyle D. WheatleyEd Willkie Middle SchoolAssistant Choral Directorkwheatley@ems-isd.net(817) 237-9631 ext. 5525Room: Choir Room