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Mr. Hancock is in his 14th year teaching this year, all at Tesoro. In his time there, he has built the choral program up from 35 students in two choirs to over 200 in five choirs. Mr. Hancock was recently selected as a Grammy Music Educator Award finalist as one of ten in the country from over 4,500 nominations.  The Tesoro music program was also selected as a Grammy Signature School, one of five in the nation out of over 20,000 high schools.  In addition, the music program was honored with a NAMM SupportMusic Merit Award as one of 100 out of 100,000 schools.  In 2012, Mr. Hancock was awarded the Secondary Vocal Music Teacher of the Year by the Orange County Department of Education. The THS Madrigals under his direction recently accepted an invitation to perform at the 2016 and 2012 ACDA Western Division Conventions, one of the highest honors for a high school choir in the United States.  Tesoro choirs have also won two Golden State Choral Competitions. Madrigals and A Cappella performed the Mozart Requiem in Carnegie Hall in New York in 2009 and again in 2012. In 2005, 2010, and 2011, the barbershop quartet under his direction took first place in the Far Western District High School Quartet Championship. The Tesoro choirs have never earned less than superior at a festival, and the choirs tour annually, performing locally as well as international locations such as Spain, England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Mexico. In addition to his work as the choral director and commercial music instructor at Tesoro, he has vocal directed and played piano for the last thirteen musicals at Tesoro, three of which earned Orange County Cappies Best Musical awards. 

In addition to his work at Tesoro, Mr. Hancock has served on the Conservatory of Music faculty at Chapman University.  Performing has always been a part of Mr. Hancock’s life, and he has starred in such shows as Snoopy!, Godspell, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Annie, Peter Pan, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, and Hello, Dolly, and he performed the roles of Curly (Oklahoma) and Marius (Les Miserables) in revue performances at Chapman University. He has also performed several times as a soloist with the Cypress Pops Orchestra, and onstage at the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Hollywood Bowl. Mr. Hancock holds a M.A. in Education and a B.M. in Music Education and Choral Conducting (Summa cum Laude) from Chapman University, where he was a Presidential Scholar and was awarded the Choral Conducting and the Music Education Awards. In addition, he has music and computers teaching credentials, and is certified in the Kodaly methodology. He also received extensive musical theatre training while attending the Orange County High School of the Arts. In addition to working at THS, Mr. Hancock is the music director at Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo and is a professional portrait and wedding photographer ( He also does freelance work as a pianist, vocalist, accompanist, arranger, and recording engineer. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and Southern California Vocal Association. Mr. Hancock has been married to his beautiful wife and fellow music teacher, Carly, since 2003, and they have two sons, Joel and Chase.


You can contact Mr. Hancock via email at and see the Tesoro Choir website at


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