Meet the Music Department

Owen Duggan or ext. 274 
Dr. Owen Duggan is an active musician who serves the community as performer, director and composer. He has held the position of middle school choir director and music teacher at The Academy since 2004. Specializing in voice and sacred music, he serves on the faculty at Our Lady of the Lake University and is music director at Northwood Presbyterian Church and associate director of Musica Sacra San Antonio. As a classical musician he has performed as vocal soloist at Fiesta San Antonio and with the Lyric Opera of San Antonio. He has also conducted numerous choral masterworks with members of the San Antonio Symphony. He is a published choral music composer and has been recognized internationally as a children's music singer-songwriter and voting member of the Recording
Academy (Grammy's).
Ruth Berg or ext. 280 
Teaching music to children has been a passion of Ruth Berg's for decades. While still in college, she
taught piano to both elementary and high school students, and after graduating Summa Cum Laude with
a degree in Music from the University of Texas in Austin, Ruth taught elementary music in public
schools for five years. While staying at home to raise her four children, Ruth volunteered at Christ
Episcopal Church for anything involving children and music and was soon asked to head the Children's
Choir program. This fall marks her twentieth year in that position. After a brief stint as elementary
choir director at St. Mary's Hall and teaching music at the Acorn School, Ruth joined the Music Faculty
at San Antonio Academy in 2005.
Amy Girardeau
Amy holds both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Education degree from The University of Texas in Austin, and has taught music at Redland Oaks Elementary School for 22 years. Amy began at The Academy as a substitute teacher for the past several years before making her position here permanent. Amy brings both her talents and passion for teaching music to our boys.
Faith Debow
Faith has been a part of SAA’s music team since 2003 as a pianist. In addition, she has also been a faculty member at Texas State University since 2001, where she teaches piano and accompanying, and is a staff accompanist at Trinity University. She is also the regular pianist for the Grammy-nominated professional choir Conspirare, and the Young Artist Coordinator for the Victoria Bach Festival. Faith holds a master’s degree in accompanying and chamber music from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied under the Brooks Smith Fellowship, and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Butler University. She has had the privilege of performing in over a dozen states and seven countries, including a 2010 concert and recording project in Reykjavik, Iceland and
Conspirare’s 2008 tour to Copenhagen. She has recorded for the Harmonia Mundi label with Conspirare, and for Albany Records with tuba player Tim Buzbee.


Meet the Music Department 

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