Dana Lobaugh has delighted in conducting choirs and teaching singing for the past 40+
years in churches, schools, university and community settings, conferences, camps and
assemblies, working with all ages from babies to seniors. She served as full-time
Minister of Music and Worship for First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Arlington,
TX from 2008 until her retirement in late 2021. Prior to that, Dana served in full time
music directing positions at University Christian Church in Fort Worth, and First Christian
Church of Amarillo, and part time positions across the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex,
Colorado Springs, CO, Miami, FL, and Enid, OK. She was associate director of The
Women’s Chorus of Dallas with Dr. Tim Seelig, and interim director of the group for a
year after his departure. She founded the community women’s ensemble MosaicSong
and directed them for 22 years.
Dana has served numerous terms on boards for the Dallas Chapter of Choristers Guild
and the Greater Dallas Handbell Association, where she currently serves as president.
She has also served as president on the national board of the Association of Disciple
Musicians. Dana has been an active member of American Choral Directors Association,
Choristers Guild, the Association of Disciple Musicians, The Hymn Society, and Handbell
Musicians of America.
Dana holds bachelor’s degrees in Voice Performance and Vocal Music Education from
Phillips University in Oklahoma and has completed extensive doctoral studies in
conducting and musicology at the University of North Texas in Denton, where she
conducted the Women’s Chorus for four years.
Dana lives in Fort Worth with her husband, Alan, and two dogs. They have three
delightful grown children – Aaron, Ben, and Hannah, and one brilliant daughter-in-law,
Ilana Haliwa, married to Ben. In addition to visiting her children and other family
members, Dana especially enjoys singing, reading, cooking, sewing, attending theater,
music, and art presentations, and traveling. She is proud of her Cherokee heritage and
passionately supports human rights, Indigenous peoples’ rights, and environmental
concerns. She is hopelessly addicted to chocolate (but tries her best to purchase Fair
Trade and vegan products)!