Brandon Cornett, artistic director
Mr. Cornett is currently the Orchestra Director at Brookside Intermediate in Clear Creek ISD where he has nearly tripled the size of the program in just two years. He was previously the Assistant Orchestra Director at Westbrook Intermediate for three years. In 2016, he had the opportunity to conduct the Westbrook Intermediate Chamber Orchestra at the TMEA Clinic/Convention in San Antonio as they were named the 2016 TMEA Middle School String Honor Orchestra. Along with teaching public school, Mr. Cornett holds a private teaching studio in the Clear Lake area where his students consistently rank in Region and All-State orchestras. In 2014, he founded the Clear Lake Chamber Ensemble, an organization dedicated to performing free chamber music concerts. In 2018, he led the first annual Bay Area Chamber Music Festival under the sponsorship of CLCE and the Bay Area Youth Symphony. Mr. Cornett received his Master of Music in Cello Performance in 2013 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. While there, he studied cello with Carter Enyeart and chamber music with Benny Kim as a member of the Graduate Fellowship String Quartet. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2011 from Sam Houston State University where he studied cello with Daniel Saenz and conducted the Huntsville Youth Orchestra.
Ms. Beaudry is a violist and teacher in the Houston area. In 2012, she graduated with her MM in Viola Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Hartt School in Connecticut, where she studied viola with Rita Porfiris and Suzuki pedagogy with Teri Einfeldt. She has attended the NYU Intensive String Quartet Program and performed with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra. Ms. Beaudry received her BM in Viola Performance from SUNY Purchase College in New York. She maintains a private studio in Clear Lake, where she teaches students ages three to eighty-eight years old.
Mrs. Carlson has taught Suzuki violin for the Preparatory and Continuing studies department at the University of Houston since 2005. She is also concertmaster of the Clear Lake Symphony. She is happily married to her husband, Steve, and they have an exciting little boy!
Ms. Castillo is currently the Assistant Choir Director at South Houston High School in PISD. She recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) with a master's in music education. During her time in Cincinnati, Rebecca ran an after-school program at Roberts Academy as a part of Cincinnati Children's Choir Choral Academy and was the Assistant Director of Jubilate Deo Children's Choir. In Houston, she has performed with Clear Lake Chamber Ensemble, Bach Society Choir and Houston Grand Opera's Educational Outreach. She received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Sam Houston State University.
Mrs. Chan is a freelance accompanist and piano teacher in the Clear Lake area. She holds a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from UT Austin. She was a staff accompanist for Kingsville International Young Performers Competition for 8 years. She has performed as soloist with the Utah, University of Utah, and Shreveport Symphonies.
Mr. Clarkston is the orchestra director at Seabrook Intermediate School in Clear Creek ISD. He holds a master’s degree in viola performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and a bachelor’s degrees in viola performance and biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Past teachers and mentors include James Dunham, Joan DerHovsepian, Scott Lee, and Jackie Lee. He has performed in the US, Canada, and Asia, and has attended festivals including the Chiara String Quartet’s Chamber Music Institute and the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s Chamber Music Seminar. He taught private lessons at Westbrook Intermediate for three years and maintains a small private studio.
Ms. Duong is an avid performer and educator. She received a Master's of Music in Viola Performance at the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance and Music Education at Texas Tech University. Tam has performed professionally with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Lubbock Symphony and other symphonies around Texas. She has attended the National Orchestra Institute, Texas Music Festival, and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in past summers. She is currently teaching private lessons to students in Pasadena I.S.D., Clear Creek I.S.D., and Klein I.S.D.
Ms. Dupere currently holds the position as Orchestra Director at Clear Creek High School in Clear Creek ISD. Before teaching high school, she was the orchestra director at Clear Creek Intermediate for four years. In her in five years in the district, Ms. Dupere has consistently made superior ratings with her ensembles at UIL contest. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in viola performance. She studied viola with Dr. Kathryn Steely and string pedagogy with Dr. Michael Alexander. In addition to her passion for teaching, Ms. Dupere plays viola with the Clear Lake Symphony and baroque viola with the Musica Redemptor Orchestra in Austin. Ms. Dupere also enjoys singing in her church choir and traveling to Europe to enjoy the rich music scene there!
Ms. Garcia is currently the Assistant Orchestra Director at Westbrook Intermediate School in Clear Creek ISD. She teaches privately in the Clear Lake Area and is one of the founding members of the Clear Lake Chamber Ensemble. She has performed in the Houston Heights Orchestra and the Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Garcia received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree in 2011 from Sam Houston State University where she studied with Daniel Saenz.
Mr. Meyer hails from Deer Park, Texas and is both cellist and conductor. Brady completed his Master's Degree in Orchestral Conducting at Bowling Green State University under the coaching of Dr. Emily Freeman Brown. While attending BGSU, he directed student composed chamber operas, worked with musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and Toledo Symphony, and performed over 50 world premiers by student, faculty, and guest composers. He has also spent four summers performing and conducting at the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Conductors under the mentorship of Michael Jinbo. During the summer of 2016 he was invited to conduct at the International Conductor’s Workshop and Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria led by Larry Rachleff and Donald Schleicher. As a cellist, Brady has performed the concertos of Strauss, Shostakovich, and Haydn with the Pierre Monteux School Orchestra and the Texas Tech Symphony Orchestra. He also served as principal cello of the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra and section cellist of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Brady received his Bachelor's degree in cello performance from Texas Tech University, where he studied with Mr. Jeffrey Lastrapes. Currently, Brady is the Orchestra Director at Clear Brook High School.
Ms. Muţ began her piano studies at the age of seven. She received her undergraduate degree from the Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, before pursuing her Master of Music degree at Sam Houston State University, and her Doctorate in Collaborative Arts at University of Houston. Dr. Muţ is a prize winner in over fifteen national and international competitions, including: First Prize in the Martian Negrea National Competition, Ploiesti, Romania (2008), First Prize in the George Georgescu International Competition, Tulcea, Romania (2005), Second Prize in the Pro Piano International Competition Bucharest, Romania (2004), Third Prize in the Carl Filtsch International Competiton, Sibiu, Romania (2001), and Fifth Prize in the George Enescu International Competition, Bucharest (1998), among others. Dr. Muţ has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals throughout Romania, France, Colombia, Mexico and the United States. In 2007, she made her debut at Romanian Athenee in Bucharest, Romania. She also participated in masterclasses with Horia Mihail (Bucharest), Cordelia Hofer (Salzburg) at Mozart Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2007), Gryphon Trio (Houston, 2013), and Robert McDonald (Houston, 2015). Between 2012 and 2014, she held the position of Head Repetiteur and Assistant Conductor at Opera in the Heights Houston. Recent engagements include performances with AURA – The Moores School of Music Contemporary Ensemble, the Texas Two Year College All State Choir, APERIO, Music of the Americas, The Clear Lake Chamber Ensemble, and Da Camera of Houston. In March 2016, Dr. Muţ made her vocal coach debut in Robert Ward’s Roman Fever at the University of Houston. She also performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. In June 2016, she performed at Le Chiavi – The Institute of Bel Canto Studies, and at the Texas Music Festival. In the summer of 2017, she joined the faculty of the COSA Music Institute San Antonio, TX. Dr. Muţ currently serves as staff pianist at University of Houston. In addition, she teaches at Virtuoso Music Academy Houston, and plays for the Houston Chamber Choir, the recipient of the American Prize in Choral Performance, 2015.
Mr. Nguyen earned a Bachelor's of Music in Violin Performance with a Business Minor from Rice University. He currently devotes his time to his students and his ensembles, giving back to his community through mentorship and performance. Julian is Assistant Principle Second Violin in the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and performs as a substitute for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently teaches private lessons in Clear Creek and Pasadena ISD, and has worked part time as a substitute private instructor at the University of Houston Moores School of Music Preparatory Program and Vivaldi Music Academy. Teaching violin brings Julian immense satisfaction, as he knows firsthand the efficacy of the teaching methods passed on to him by his professor, Kenneth Goldsmith. He strives to unlock the potential of all his students, much in the same way his professor did for him, shaping them into thoughtful, well-rounded musicians who will be set up for success in today's rapidly shifting classical music scene. In addition to helping train the next generation of performers, Julian puts his efforts into broadening the audience they will serve through a variety of outreach activities. He was Outreach Coordinator for Madeline Island Chamber Music in 2016, has performed with Eric Genuis on his "Concerts for Hope" tour, and regularly plays with the Houston chapter of Classical Revolution.
Mr. Rowland has performed a wide range of orchestral and chamber music throughout the United States and Europe and is currently the Orchestra Director at Clear Creek Intermediate. Timothy began his career in music at age 10 and choose the viola because his friend and neighbor at the time, who was a year older, played the viola and therefore he thought it must be the “cool” thing to do. Timothy’s biggest passions in music include chamber music, teaching and outreach which he credits his first major teacher Deborah Price for instilling in him. Chamber music is what caused Timothy to first fall in love with music because of how it challenges your individual playing and teaches you to work with peers to come up with your own ideas. He has performed outreach concerts and programs throughout the United States, Germany, and Austria. Timothy has participated and performed in many music festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, Adriatic Chamber Music Festival, Encore School for Strings, the North American Viola Institute and the International Workshops. Scholarships and awards include the John E. Guida Foundation Scholarship at the Shepherd School of Music, the Gabor Ormai String Scholarship and the Adopt-A-Student Honors Scholarship at the University of Colorado and was a Fellowship Student with the Chamber Music Connection. Timothy received his Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he studied with Ivo-Jan van der Werff. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder studying with Erika Eckert. His other former teachers have included Deborah Price, Jeffery Irvine, Geraldine Walther and Daniel Sweaney. He has also coached with members of the Cavani and Takacs Quartets and with Judith Glyde, Peter Salaff, David Holland, Desmond Hoebig and James Dunham. Timothy has also had the privilege so work with many of the country’s most esteemed conductors including Marin Alsop, Leonard Slatkin, Larry Rachleff, and Carl Topilow.
Mrs. Shin is a South Korean violinist who started playing violin when she was four years old. From age 12, she won first place in the Han Kook Ilbo and Han-Sae University competitions. After she earned her Bachelor’s degree at the Korean National University of Art, she toured in Paris, Vienna, and Hong Kong as a soloist, and served her musicianship at the Korean Symphony Orchestra as a member in the first violin section. Since 2008, she has come to America to study with Kyung Sun Lee. Jisu received her Master’s degree at the University of Houston and continued to study to receive her doctoral degree under Frank Huang in 2011. She is currently taking a temporary leave of absence from school to take care of her baby daughter. But, she still performs chamber music and extends her teaching experience as an educator through providing private lessons.