Directors

 

 

Jeremy Pillow, born in Arlington, Texas, began studying cello at the age of eleven, at Duff Elementary School. At the age of seventeen, Mr. Pillow began his cello studio as well as taught private lessons in Arlington ISD. He joined Texas Future Music Educators while in high school with hopes of pursuing a career in music education and is also a proud product of Bailey Jr. High and Arlington High School.

Upon graduating from Arlington High School, Mr. Pillow studied cello with Dr. Elizabeth Morrow and Dr. John Burton. In addition to his studies on the cello he performed with the UTA Symphony Orchestra and studied conducting with Dr. Clifton Evans. He graduated in 2015 from The University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Music and All Level Music Teaching Certificate.

Mr. Pillow began his career at Plano East Senior High School as the associate director and has worked with UTA Summer Strings, Arlington Youth Symphony Orchestra, Solo and Ensemble Contests, and many All-Region Orchestra auditions. He is also an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Orchestra Director’s Association. Mr. Pillow has consistently earned sweepstakes at UIL as well as superior and best in class at festivals. He has served as both state and region level ensemble organizer.

Mr. Pillow enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Brittany, and his dogs, Duke and Belle. In his spare time he likes to watch movies, play sports, and be with friends.

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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

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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 String 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 Texas 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.