M.A., Western Illinois University
R. Brett Goad is a native of Galesburg, Illinois. He attended and graduated from Western Illinois University, receiving both his BA and MA in Choral Music Education. In his thirty five years of teaching, he taught choral music in six high schools: LaSalle-Peru Twp., Macomb, Lake Park, Hinsdale South, Downers Grove North and Providence-St. Mel. Along with his music responsibilities, he also served as the Director of Student Activities at Hinsdale South HS for nine years. At present he also serves as a student teaching supervisor for Illinois State University as well as being a member of the Young Naperville Singers Staff, directing the Young Men’s Chorus.
He is a 2014 recipient of the Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence from the Illinois Music Education Association, in recognition of teaching excellence in music education. In addition, he was recognized for teaching excellence via the State of Illinois Those Who Excel program. He also received the 2009 Most Influential Educator Award by the Hinsdale South Student Council. Other awards include him being named the 2009 Student Activity Director of the Year by IDSA (Illinois Directors of Student Activities). He has held various leadership positions within the Illinois Music Educator Association and the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He currently serves as the President of the ACDA Central Division (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio). Brett also serves on the Western Illinois University Alumni Council.
Presently, he sings in the Downers Grove First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir.
Brett has been married to his wife Sue for 35 years. They have lived in Woodridge, Illinois for the past twenty five years. They have one grown child – Rachel.