Conductor and educator Kris Chapman is beginning his fourth year at Arlington High School and first as its Head Director. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Houston Moores School of Music were he studied with Director of Orchestras Franz Anton Krager. In addition to working with the Symphony, Chamber, and Ballet Orchestras, Dr. Chapman served as Assistant Conductor of the Moores Opera Center working with Music Director Raymond Harvey. He currently serves as New Music Conductor and Program Director for the Zodiac Music Festival and Academy, a chamber music festival held each summer in the south of France. Past appointments include five years as Artistic Director of the Houston Heights Orchestra and two years as Artistic Director for the Kingwood Pops Orchestra in Kingwood, TX. Before beginning his doctoral studies, Dr. Chapman was Director of Bands and Lead Faculty at Lone Star College-Montgomery where he conducted the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Big Band in addition to teaching courses in music appreciation, music literature and music theory.
In 2002, Dr. Chapman earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education (summa cum laude) from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. He had the fortunate opportunity to guest conduct the Sterling College Concert Chorale and Orchestra in selections from Handel’s Messiah, the only undergraduate student to do so. After graduation, Dr. Chapman began his teaching career in the Kansas public school system as an elementary music teacher and band director before moving to Virginia to pursue a Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting at George Mason University. While at GMU, Dr. Chapman served as Assistant Conductor of the University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, studying with Anthony Maiello and Mark Camphouse.
Dr. Chapman has worked with Kenneth Kiesler at the Conductors’ Retreat at Medomak as well as Eugene Corporon and Dennis Fisher at the Conductor’s Collegium at the University of North Texas. As a participant in the Eastman School of Music Summer Conducting Institute, Dr. Chapman worked with Neil Varon and the Rochester Philharmonic. In addition, he studied with the world-renowned conducting pedagogue Larry Rachleff at the International Conducting Workshop and Festival, where he had the privilege of conducting the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic. Dr. Chapman was also selected as a Conducting Fellow to the 2010 Conducting Institute for Music Educators at the Julliard School in New York City.
Mr. Chapman’s dissertation focuses on Organic Unity in Nicholas Bacri’s Symphony No. 6, which Dr. Chapman conducted the US premiere with the University of Houston Symphony Orchestra in April 2017.
Sandra Martinez Mour joins the Arlington High School Orchestra staff beginning the 2019-2020 school year. She grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and began her studies of the cello during her 6th grade year. Upon graduating high school, she attended Baylor University where she studied with Dr. Gary Hardie and became a member of Mu Phi Epsilon. During her undergraduate years, she performed with the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, the St
ring Orchestra, the Early Music Ensemble, the San Angelo Symphony, and the Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Mrs. Mour began her teaching career in Irving ISD with teaching positions that include three years at Nimitz High School and seven years at Lamar Middle School. While in Irving she was fortunate to have serve as district lead orchestra director, Region 20 Orchestra Division Chair, and Region Middle School Coordinator.
In 2018, Mrs. Mour earned her master’s in Education Administration from UT at Arlington. Currently, she is a member of T
exas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association. When not at school, she enjoys cycling, gardening, and spending time with her husband Jung, and two dogs, Peanut and Duke.
Tracie Walker began her studies on the viola at the age of eleven at West Elementary School in Arlington. She is a proud product of Barne> Jr. High and Bowie High School. At sixteen, Ms. Walker started her viola studio in the area. During her high school years, she was the principal violist of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, became an All-State violist in 2014, and regularly a>ended the UT Arlington Summer Strings Camp.
Upon graduatng, Ms. Walker accepted a full scholarship to Baylor University School of Music, seeking a Bachelor Degree in Music Education and advancing her viola studies with Dr. Kathryn Steely. While living in Waco, she performed with the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Waco Symphony, and was involved in the Baylor String Project under the direction of Dr. Michael Alexander.
After earning her BME, Ms. Walker pursued a Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance at the University of Texas at Austin, studying with Mr. Roger Myers. Her performance experience included the UT Austin Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony, Brevard Summer Institute and the Eastern Music Festival. Accolades include first prize in Baylor University’s 2016 Semper Pro Musica Chamber Competition and Finalist at the 2017 National Association of Negro Musicians Scholarship Competition
Ms. Walker is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Director Association, and Sphinx Organization. She is thrilled to be back home in the metroplex and teaching in Arlington ISD. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and playing her guitar.