Andrew Goins has been teaching since 2000, building a reputation for revitalizing programs. Groups under his baton have consistently earned Sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sightreading Evaluation, as well as numerous accolades at music festivals, performances, and competitions across Texas and the United States. He has helped prepare and conduct TMEA honor groups, has served as TMEA Region Chair and Region Vice-President, and is an active judge, clinician, and frequently presents on the use of technology in the orchestra classroom.
Mr. Goins holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. His private bass students have consistently been members of the TMEA All-State Orchestras, and he is an active freelance bassist on both electric and double bass in the DFW area.
When not teaching or performing, Mr. Goins enjoys cycling, camping and hiking in the mountains, and enjoying time with his wife, Ange, and their crazy Schnauzer, Tigger.
Katie McInturf is currently an Orchestra Director at Arlington High School as well as the Strings Teacher at Short Elementary School. Originally from the Houston area, she began studying violin at the age of 8. In 2011, she graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education.
From 2011 to 2015, Katie taught in the Klein Independent School district in Houston, Texas, first as the Assistant Orchestra Director at Klein High School, and then as the Head Director at Kleb Intermediate. During her time at Kleb Intermediate School, her orchestras consistently earned sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight Reading, as well as high division ratings at Spring Festivals and Solo and Ensemble Contest. In addition, the size of the orchestra membership grew enough to hire an assistant orchestra director. Katie is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Orchestra Directors Association.
Katie enjoys spending time with her husband, Geoff, who is currently studying medicine. They are looking forward to the birth of their first child in January.
Felix Torres is an Orchestra Director at Arlington High School. Prior to his arrival at AHS, Mr. Torres taught beginning strings in the AHS cluster at Key, Foster, and Swift Elementary schools. Additionally, Mr. Torres was the Apprentice Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra from 2012–2014. Working closely with Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya, he conducted the FWSO in several neighborhood and youth education performances, as well as assisting Harth-Bedoya in subscription concerts at Bass Performance Hall during the 2013–2014 season. Mr. Torres has worked with various youth orchestras in both Texas and Illinois, including the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra.
Mr. Torres holds a Bachelor of Music Education (2006), a Master of Music in Wind Conducting (2012), and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting (2014) degrees from Texas Christian University. During his time at TCU, Mr. Torres was a Graduate Conductor with the TCU Bands, and Assistant Conductor of the TCU Symphony Orchestra. He has studied orchestral conducting with Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Dr. Germán Gutierrez, Dr. Lucia Matos, and Dr. Tim Semanik; wind conducting with Mr. Bobby Francis; and choral conducting with Dr. Dennis Shrock, and Mr. Ron Shirey.
In addition to his duties at AHS, Mr. Torres conducts the Flutissimo Flute Choir based out of Hurst, Texas, and continues his work with Harth-Bedoya through his publishing company FILARMONIKA Music Publishing, which is dedicated to the promotion and performance of music from Latin America.
Mr. Torres makes his home in Arlington with his wife, Lacey, and their two dogs, Eve and Cali.