Jason Hawkins - Director of Choirs

PUMC staff head Jason

Jason Hawkins is currently in his twelfth year as Director of Choirs at Plainfield North High School. He earned a B.A. in both Choral Music Education and Trumpet Performance from Western Illinois University, a M.A. in Education from Governors State University, and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Illinois while pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education. As an inaugural staff member at PNHS, he oversaw the inception of the Music Department and has been influential in its rapid growth. Under his direction, the choirs at PNHS have received numerous prestigious honors: 2015 Choirs of America Nationals “Spotlight Performance” at Carnegie Hall, 2013 winners of “Outstanding Performance” in DownBeat Magazine’s Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble division, 2012 ILMEA All-State guest performing ensemble, “Most Outstanding Choral Group” at the 2011 Washington D.C. Heritage Festival, as well as many performances throughout the community, state, and country. Mr. Hawkins has been honored many times by the Plainfield Schools including selection as the 2016 PNHS “Teacher of the Year” and 2016 “Award of Excellence” winner.

Outside of the school district, Mr. Hawkins has served as an adjunct faculty member at Lewis University and is currently Worship Band Director at Plainfield United Methodist Church. Mr. Hawkins makes frequent appearances as clinician/conductor for ILMEA, IHSA, IGSMA, and regional choral festivals, including the 2015 ILMEA District 1 Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and has gained a strong reputation throughout the state. His research interests include the use of technology to enhance assessment and instruction in the choral classroom, which led to a recent presentation at the International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education (2015) and subsequent publication (2016). Mr. Hawkins has also presented at the Illinois Music Educators Conference (2014) and has been a guest lecturer at numerous regional universities. Mr. Hawkins resides in Plainfield with his wife, Laura, and their two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Olivia. 

Justin Brown- Assistant Director of Choirs

 Justin graduated with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After college, he went back to Nebraska where he taught at his former Middle and High Schools and served as music director at his home church. Recently, Justin moved to the Chicago area, where he is an active freelance musician, teacher, and organist at Bethany Methodist Church in Aurora, IL. He enjoys hiking and is an avid Nebraska Huskers football fan.