Honoring the
beautiful life of

Herbert Leroy Teat

We knew him as:

Our High School Band and Choir Director in Rusk, Texas (1948 – 1951)

Our High School Choir Director and 1st Methodist Church Choir Director in Longview, Texas (1954 – 1968)

Our Choir Director at Tarleton State University (1969 – 1983) and recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1990.

Our Founder and Director of Cross Timbers Civic Choral (1979 – 1983)

Our neighbor and friend at The Wesleyan Retirement Home in Georgetown, Texas (1999 – 2004)

Our brother, spouse, father, teacher, mentor, colleague, Methodist Church choir director and friend (1923 – 2004)

In 1952, Westminster Choir College in Princeton NJ was a long way from home for a young Band Director (with a wife and two week-old baby) from Rusk, Texas.  Herbert Teat learned music in college, but mastered his craft at Westminster under the direction of its founder John Finley Williamson.  When offered the recommendation to a position upon graduation from Westminster, Mr. Teat responded, “Dr. Williamson, I am grateful to you, but I can’t go to the University of Omaha.  I want to take what I have learned here back to Texas and teach there1.”

And that’s when Herbert Teat moved to Longview, where many of us were exposed to a level of training unheard of in small Texas Towns in 1954.  A true Texan, Herbert Teat continued to share what he learned at Westminster Choir College with us at Tarleton State University, Cross Timbers Civic Chorale and many Methodist Churches in Texas and until July 23, 2004.   We believe it is appropriate that this gentle man from humble beginnings, who touched the lives of so many, be remembered forever at one of the most prestigious Choir Colleges in the world.

At this site you can express your gratitude by sharing your experiences and memories of Mr. Teat and by helping to establish the Herbert Teat Memorial Scholarship at Westminster Choir College. 



1Herbert Teat (2004) Opus Vita, WordWright.biz, Georgetown, Texas.