MHS CHOIR FACULTY
Director of Choirs
Reginal Wright was born in Henderson, Texas. His life as a musician began in his middle school band as a trombonist. As a 20 year educator, Reginal has earned many awards including Outstanding Teacher, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and a nomination for the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. Reginal also earned the 2018 Educator of the Year Award for the Mansfield School District.
Reginal has performed music in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria as well as Munich, Germany and throughout the United States. As a conductor, he is a sought after clinician in both Gospel and Classical genres. He has enjoyed the opportunity to conduct Honor Choirs for many school districts throughout the United States. He also serves as a clinician in many Texas All State Choir camps and All State Choirs.
Reginal is also an aspiring composer, writing music that caters to school and church choirs.
Reginal received both his Bachelor and Masters of Music Education Degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He is currently the head choral director at Mansfield High School. His choirs are consistent sweepstakes winners in both concert and sight reading contests. Choirs under his direction also earn “Outstanding in Class” awards at National Music Festivals. In 2012 the Mansfield High School A Cappella Women’s choir was honored as SWACDA honor choir. In 2018 the Mansfield Varsity Men’s Choir performed at the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio. He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, American Choral Directors Association and served as Vocal Chair for TMEA Region 5 from 2014-2017. Reginal resides in Arlington with his wife Renetta, son Gabrien, daughter Reece and Yorkie Cooper.
Associate Choir Director
Mariah Spiry is excited to join the staff of Mansfield High School for the 21-22 school year! She looks forward to continuing the MHS Choir's tradition of excellence. Mariah is proud to have grown up in the Texas public school system in Arlington ISD. She attended Ellis Elementary, Nichols Junior High, and Lamar High School, where she participated in both choir and orchestra. She credits her choir and orchestra directors for instilling in her a passion for music, teaching, and being a life-long learner.
Mariah holds both a Bachelor and Master of Music Education in Choral Music from Baylor University and Florida State University, respectively. During her undergraduate time at Baylor, she studied choral pedagogy, literature, and conducting with Dr. Lynne Gackle. While at Baylor, Ms. Spiry served as a guest harpist for all major ensembles and several community churches. Through the Summer MME program at FSU, she continued her graduate study of choral pedagogy, literature, and conducting techniques from Dr. Judy Bowers, Dr. Kevin Fenton, and Dr. André Thomas. Through her graduate work, she was thrilled to learn alongside fellow music educators from around Texas, the states, and throughout the world.
Choirs under Mariah's direction consistently earn superior results at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation. Showchoirs under her direction have also received superior and best in class at contests and festivals. She focuses on student-centered choral education, where every member of a choir program is an invaluable part of the whole. She is thankful for her previous students and experiences teaching at Seguin High School in AISD and Creekview High School in CFBISD. Mariah is also thankful for continued choral performance opportunities as a soprano in the Dallas Chamber Choir under the direction of Jon Le-Culpepper.
Mariah maintains active memberships in the American Choral Director’s Association, the Texas Choral Director’s Association, and the Texas Music Educator’s Association. She lives in Carrollton with her husband Gabe Edwards, who is a music minister and tenor vocalist himself. They enjoy their time at home making music and living with their two adorable bunnies.