First Colony Homeschool Ensembles was launched in January 1998 to provide homeschoolers the opportunity to experience artistry and to grow in musical skill and literacy. Our mission is to share God’s Word through music, nurture faith, build friendships, and inspire in children a joyful appreciation for the gifts of God, equipping them to make an impact on the world in which we live.
We offer Treble Choir for grades 2-7, Jubilate Chorale for grades 7-12, and Handbells for grades 7-12. Come join our FCHE community!
Director of the Treble Choir and Jubilate Choir
Bethany Green Stuard is a choral conductor, vocal performer, and music educator. Mrs. Stuard began and directed the highly successful choral program of Lovejoy High School for nine years, earning many Overall Outstanding trophies at both state and national choral festivals in addition being an Invited Choir at the 2013 Texas Music Educators' Association Convention. Mrs. Stuard received the Texas Choral Directors' Association "Young Director of Distinction" Award in 2012.
Bethany holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and undergraduate degrees in music education and vocal performance from Texas Tech University.
Mrs. Stuard, who was herself homeschooled as a child, is currently a full-time homeschool mother to her young children, and she is thrilled to be a part of the First Colony Homeschool Ensemble. She remains active in the music community as a judge, clinician, and singer, leading clinics and conducting honor choir concerts in TMEA regions around the state. She particularly enjoys her work as a leader of choral professional development, presenting sessions on cultivating creativity, developing vocal technique by singing in foreign languages, and fostering team spirit in the choir classroom.
Mrs. Stuard lives in Katy, TX with her husband James and her children Vivian, Caleb, and Matthew.
Handbell Director, Accompanist
William Travis Worsham directs the FCHE handbell ensembles and serves as the choral accompanist. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his M.M. in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Baylor University. Dr. Worsham is the organist at Sugar Land Baptist Church and has taught as an adjunct music instructor with colleges in the Houston area. He enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Arica, and their beautiful son, Daniel.