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Theresa S. holds a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Music (Performance) from Texas Woman's University. and graduated Magna Cum Laude, in 1997. Featured in the 1995-1997 editions of the National Dean's List, inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa, Gamma Beta Phi, and Mu Phi Epsilon organizations, serving as the Mu Chi Chapter President from 1998-99. She holds a valid certificate from the Texas Board for Educator Certification. While attending SMU she was a Meadows Scholar. In 2000, she was accepted into the prestigious Musica Schola Cantorum program in Paris. A multiple award winner and featured in Who's Who; she was trained classically while studying with Carlo Pezzimenti and Robert Guthrie. Extensive experience with MIDI implementation of modern rack gear and the use of effects, amplification and programming.
As a composer, she studied with Robert Frank, Mark Dal Porto and attended masterclasses with Donald Erb, Wynton Marsalis and Samuel Adler to name a few. Her compositions have been performed in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Florida. A commissioned composer, her Dualities for Clarinet, Brass Ensemble, Electronics and Percussion; Fantasia pour Cor; Feline Romp for solo clarinet; works performed in the classical idiom.Plains of Lhasa and Tearing were composed in the electro-acoustic medium. She is a member of ASCAP, TMEA, TODA, ASTA, and self publishes. She has performed internationally and in addition to her professional schedule, taught music technology related courses and music theory as an adjunct professor at Collin College, Spring Creek Campus and maintains an active private teaching studio in Dallas and Clute, Texas; along with her duties as a faculty member in the music department at Brazosport College and former Head Director of the orchestra program at Brazosport High School and its feeder school system.
Instruct performance major students in cello performance and performance technique, repertoire and ensemble performance.
Successfully maintained a continuous private studio in Dallas since 1997 with student enrollment averaging 2-3 years per student.
Head director of the secondary orchestra program at Brazosport High School and Freeport Intermediate.
Head orchestra director of two secondary orchestra programs at Reagan and Truman Middle Schools in GPISD.
Head orchestra director of the secondary orchestra program at Lancaster ISD.
Directed instrumental music programs at Reinhardt, Charles Gill, Bayles Elementaries and Sarah Zumwalt MS
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Welcome to the Texas Orchestra Directors Association! TODA was founded in 1962 for the purpose of providing educational opportunities for its members and for all other purposes as recommended by its board of directors. TODA members are eligible to attend the Annual Convention and New Music Reading Clinic in San Antonio, a rich tradition of networking and friendship with a creative group of music professionals.
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.
The Conductors Guild is a non-union organization intended for professional conductors based in the USA. The Guild offers services to enhance the training and development of conductors and promises to represent the views of conductors to the larger community of music professionals.
Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.
Gamma Beta Phi has chapters all across the United States. It regularly inducts thousands of academically excellent students who share its mission of promoting education and providing community service to their colleges and communities. The Society has made a major impact all across America. In recent years, The Gamma Beta Phi Society has collected thousands of books for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, six thousand pairs of shoes for citizens of Iraq, collected thousands of hats for the Heavenly Hats Foundation, thousands of letters to the service men and woman onboard the USS Kitty Hawk, and bought an Ark for Heifer International. The Society’s list of accomplishments is long and impressive; we would love to have you help us in our endeavors.
The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio Theresa is very patient and understanding. She is very easy to talk to and gives the motivation to keep me going. Our lessons are always upbeat, fun, and I feel confident when I leave.
· Guitar · In studio Theresa has been superb in all areas of teaching--pacing, expectations, understanding, tone, content coverage, core skills---you name it. Highly recommended!
· Violin · In home So helpful!
· Classical Guitar · In studio Terrific lessons--excellent musical pointers and close score study incorporated into essential period music style points. A lot gets packed into the 30 min time frame, leaving me with solid guidance for homework and practice between lessons. Great experience!
· Violin · In studio Very informative and very easy to work with.
· Violin · In studio Theresa is very knowledgeable and easy to work with. Highly recommend for anyone looking to try something completely new, or improving on an already strong skill set
· Cello · In home Theresa is the best! I am 28 years old and have never played cello before now, and she makes me feel comfortable and encouraged each lesson. She's is relatable, and her teaching style is fun. She makes you want to learn. I am sure if you were good at your instrument ( unlike me) she could push you along as well. I only wish I practiced more for her ! Because she deserves the best students out there.
· · Very great lessons. Really helps with address my fundamentals on the violin!
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio Made me feel confident and took away all my fears. I know I will be able to do it now!
· · She is very good teacher. We're very happy to study with her