Accompanists

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Deanna Spraggins - Pianist

Deanna’s introduction to music formally began at age 5 with piano lessons, which were later complemented by her participation in the newly formed Texas Girl’s Choir at age 11.  As a freshman in high school, she began voice, organ and piano lessons with her mentor Elizabeth Barney, who also helped her gain a scholarship to Texas Women’s University.  In 1974, Deanna married her high school sweetheart Gary Spraggins and college was interrupted later when they began their family. Eventually, their home was filled with three very rambunctious boys.  Gary and Deanna served together in many churches along the way, and they ultimately moved to Sulphur Springs in 1991.  In addition to playing both organ and piano in many churches, Deanna has taught piano in her own home studios, and has taught music in numerous elementary schools.  In 1998, Gary and Deanna were part of the initial planning team that ultimately resulted in the formation of the North East Texas Choral Society; Gary served as the first president, and Deanna was on the first board of directors.   Eventually, Deanna  also completed her music degree from Texas A & M University, Commerce.  Currently, Deanna is employed by the First United Methodist Church and Travis Elementary, both in Sulphur Springs, TX.  For NETCS, Deanna sings alto, but also lends her talents on piano, electronic keyboard, and the organ.  Her home piano studio boasts over 30 individual students.  Any and all spare time is spent with her family, which now includes two precious grandchildren.  Deanna is confident that grandparenthood is just the best!

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Denise Stuart - Pianist

The closely guarded musical retirement of Denise Stuart was abruptly ended when she was serendipitously discovered by Carol Allen while playing for a local restaurant.  Doing what she has been doing so well since she was the pianist for her father's church at age eight (that's right, 8), the extraordinary talented Denise Stuart debuted for the Choral Society at the Christmas concert of 2000.  A recognized pianist in high school, she continued her training on a music scholarship to Wayland Baptist College.  Denise is the mother of 3 children Stephanie, Bethany, and Kelsey.  And now grandmother to of a rambunctious grandson, Jaden.  Her technical expertise and intuitive style will prevent this choir from letting her have a second retirement anytime soon.

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Ken Hanushek-Pianist

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is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He began piano lessons while in the fourth grade, and accompanied junior high and high school choirs.  His first "gig", which continued through high school, was playing for the local Rotary Club.  His pay was "a dollar and a dinner".  He joined the North East Texas Choral Society in the Spring of 2006, and has become a most valuable addition to our group.

Ken and his wife, Karon, have three children: Phillip and wife Kim who live in Charlotte, N.C., and have provided four grandchildren; Emily and husband Todd live in Little Rock, AR; and Libby who attends Texas Tech University.  Ken and family moved to Sulphur Springs in 1984.  He retired from the United States Air Force in 1988 as a lieutenant colonel.  He was a professor of history at North East Texas Community College for sixteen years, and is now teaching for Paris Junior College.  Ken is the pianist for First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs.  He also was the accompanist for the local community players production of the musical "Forever Plaid" and the "Men in Plaid" quartet. 

He says his ambition is to learn to play the pan flute.
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Caleb Frazier - Drummer

(Bio by Jason Frazier)
Caleb began his musical career at the age of four.  I noticed he had a good ear for music, and excellent rhythmic abilities.  He received some basic lessons from his dad on the trap set, and by the time he was eight he relieved his dad, and began playing for church services.  At the age of twelve, he began playing for Psalms 100, a gospel group from Sulphur Springs, and soon began singing back up harmony and lead while playing.  Upon entering Sulphur Springs High School, he continued his percussion endeavors, and has won several awards with the band on a group and individual level.  White in Junior high, he realized he had an ear for the piano and began taking lessons.  He is currently playing piano for the gospel group on occasion, and has composed his first sing.  He recently began playing, on his own, the bass and guitar and has become quite proficient.  He began helping with North East Texas Choral Society in 2007, and has been featured on several songs, thanks to the graciousness of drummer Joe Clark.  As a parent, I am very proud of his accomplishments at such an early time in his life, and I pray that he continues to further enhance his musical abilities and his service to the Lord.  Caleb and I are grateful to NETCS and Psalms 100 for their continued support, and opportunities give to talented young men and women wishing to pursue a career in music.
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