Dr. Theola Booker, a native Houstonian, is a graduate of Texas Southern University. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in music education with an emphasis on piano. She is a prominent and influential leader in the community and abroad. She is a former piano lab and violin instructor, magnet coordinator and general music teacher for the Houston Independent School District (HISD). She has worked with current and past music greats such as Dorothy Norwood and the legendary James Cleveland. She is highly respected by her peers and has received numerous awards on the local and state level as an outstanding composer, songwriter, pianist and director. She has received the Pianist of the Year award from the Texas gospel radio announcer's guild, an organization established to preserve traditions in gospel music. Theola Booker has directed youth choirs for the National Baptist Congress and NAACP National Convention. Theola Booker always dreamed of having a music camp. She started the summer music camp for all youth in Houston and surrounding areas in 2005.
To build stronger communities by improving the quality of life of individuals living in historically
underserved economically disadvantaged communities. Senior citizens and youth in Houston, Pearland, Missouri City, Stafford and surrounding areas are primarily targeted and served. GSM Uplift is a 501(c)3 public charity.