Teresa Nguyen, Director


Teresa Nguyen has been the orchestra director at Clark High School in San Antonio for 21 years. Under her direction the program has grown from only 17 students in 1997 to over 150 students today. Clark High School now offers many orchestral performing groups, including three string orchestras and two full Symphony orchestras. Mrs. Nguyen's orchestras have won numerous awards and recognition locally, and national distinction at festivals in Colorado, Disney World, New York City, and across Texas. Her orchestras also carry many consecutive superior ratings and Sweepstakes honors for UIL orchestra contests. Mrs. Nguyen also teaches Music Theory at Clark High School.

Mrs. Nguyen has a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and has studied viola privately with Roger Myers and Allyson Dawkins. Along with teaching, she plays violin and viola for the Laredo Philharmonic, Corpus Christi Symphony, and Corpus Christi Ballet Orchestras. Mrs. Nguyen is frequently invited as a clinician and judge for other orchestra programs in Texas. She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, the American String Teachers Association, Mu Omicron (president) and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Nguyen enjoys sewing, reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband Tom and daughter Elena.

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