Nicholas Likos is the Head Choir Director at Cy-Fair High School. Mr. Likos taught at Cypress Ranch High School as the Assistant Choir Director for six years and Dekaney High School in Spring for two years before coming to Cy-Fair. Mr. Likos graduated from the University of Texas with high honors and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Studies. Mr. Likos is a sought-after clinician around the city, and he has consistently received UIL Sweepstakes and best-in-class festival awards during his career.
Mr. Likos has served the Texas Music Educators Association convention in multiple capacities during his career. He has been an All-State Section Leader twice, the Vocal Division Facilites Manager, a clinic presenter on vocal modeling for the opposite gender and a clinic presenter on how to utilize technology in running a choir program. Mr. Likos enjoys giving back to the organization that provides so much advocacy to the teachers it serves. Mr. Likos also is a founding member of the Houston Men’s Choir. The Houston Men’s Choir is committed to the art of singing and its positive impact through performance and education.
While attending the University of Texas, he studied voice with David Small and conducting with Dr. Suzanne Pence. He was also a proud member of the UT Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. James Morrow. As a member of the Chamber Singers, Mr. Likos traveled to Brazil and sang in three recordings with major industry labels. During his student teaching apprenticeship, Mr. Likos worked with Spring High School’s Denise Eaton. Mr. Likos feels very fortunate to be a part of Cy-Fair ISD and its rich tradition of excellent choral music.
Mr. Likos is married to Kristin Likos, the Head Choir Director at Seven Lakes Junior High in Katy ISD. Mr. and Mrs. Likos have a beautiful baby girl named Grace and will be welcoming Luke into the world in October of 2018!
Evan Key is from Cypress, Texas and a graduate of Cy-Fair High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Louisiana State University. Before graduating, Evan was a member and co-president of the LSU A Cappella Choir, served as an At-Large Representative for LSU’s Student Chapter of the National Association for Music Education as well as secretary for LSU’s Student Chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association.
As a performer, Evan sang with the LSU A Cappella Choir on several tours, including an international tour in Central Europe. Studying as a baritone under Dr. Lori Bade, he also competed and was selected as a finalist in multiple NATS competitions during his time at LSU. LSU Opera also cast Evan in their production of Kurt Weill’s Die Sieben Todsünden after he sang as a member of the opera chorus in their production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. During the summer before his senior year, Evan was in Salzburg, Austria where he studied voice, art song and the German language.
After moving back to Texas, Evan worked as an intern for Houston’s own American Festival for the Arts and worked as an associate director with the Houston Boychoir’s Chamber Chorus. Most recently, Evan completed his Level 1 certification at the Kodaly Levels Program at Seattle Pacific University.
Evan currently resides in Houston, Texas and is thrilled to be teaching back at his alma mater. Geaux Bobcats!
Rachel Fiorini is from Houston, Texas and a graduate of Cypress Falls High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Sam Houston State University. While at Sam Houston, Rachel studied as a mezzo-soprano under Nicole Franklin. SHSU Opera cast Rachel in their productions of Samuel Barber’s “Hand of Bridge” and Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”. Rachel was a member of the SHSU Chorale for four years under the direction of Dr. Allen Hightower and Dr. James Franklin. Rachel traveled with the group in 2010 to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio, as well as the Southwestern American Choral Director’s Association convention in Denver.
Rachel began her teaching career at Cook Middle School at CFISD in 2013 as the assistant choir director. While at Cook, Rachel’s choirs earned sweepstakes and received superior ratings at festivals.
Rachel currently sings on staff at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston under the direction of Robert Simpson. Rachel is a member of TMEA, TCDA, and ACDA. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys shopping, photography, sleeping, and spending time with her husband.
Rachel is very excited about being a Cy-Fair Bobcat!