Andrew Goins is dedicated to bringing the perspective of an active performing schedule to his busy life as a music educator. Over nearly twenty years of teaching, Mr. Goins has built a reputation for revitalizing programs. Groups under his baton have consistently earned Sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sightreading Evaluations, as well as numerous accolades at music festivals, performances, and competitions across Texas and the United States. Mr. Goins has helped prepare and conduct TMEA honor groups, and has served as TMEA Region Chair and Region Vice-President. He is an active judge, clinician, and presenter on the use of technology in the classroom. Under Andrew’s leadership, the AHS Orchestra founded the first chapter of United Sound in Texas, providing the opportunity for students with special needs to participate in instrumental music.
As a performer, Mr. Goins enjoys an active and diverse freelance performing schedule on both double bass and electric bass. He plays in numerous orchestras, jazz groups, musical pit orchestras, and the occasional rock band. He regularly plays with the Dallas Winds, the leading professional wind ensemble in the United States, and recently recorded a CD featuring the works of renowned composer John Mackey. Andrew has accompanied Bobby McFerrin, Itzhak Perlman, and Chris Martin, among others.
Mr. Goins holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Studies from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied double bass with Dr. David Neubert and Mr. John Fremgen. Andrew has served on the faculty for summer camps at Oklahoma State University, the University of Texas at Arlington, Baylor University, and Sam Houston State University. His private students have consistently been members of the TMEA All-State Orchestras, and he has many former students who have gone on to perform, teach, and create music.
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 rescue 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.
Conductor and educator Kris Chapman is in his final year at the University of Houston Moores School of Music pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting, under the tutelage of Moores School Director of Orchestras Franz Anton Krager. In addition to working with the Symphony, Chamber and Ballet Orchestras, Mr. 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 2 years as Artistic Director for the Kingwood Pops Orchestra in Kingwood, TX. Before beginning his doctoral studies, Mr. 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, Mr. 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, Mr. 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, Mr. Chapman served as Assistant Conductor of the University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, studying with Anthony Maiello and Mark Camphouse.
Mr. 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, Mr. 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. Mr. Chapman was also selected as a Conducting Fellow to the 2010 Conducting Institute for Music Educators at the Julliard School in New York City. He is an active member of the Houston Arts Community.
Mr. Chapman’s dissertation focuses on Organic Unity in Nicholas Bacri’s Symphony No. 6, which Mr. Chapman conducted the US premiere with the University of Houston Symphony Orchestra in April 2017. Other areas of academic interest include the impact of brain research on large ensemble rehearsal strategies