Ms. Wang is the Head Orchestra Director at Space Center Intermediate. She is a native of Clear Lake (attending Whitcomb Elementary, Clear Lake Intermediate, and Clear Lake High School). Ms. Wang earned her Master’s degree in Music Education at The Ohio State University, where she studied with Dr. Robert Gillespie, taught undergraduate courses as a Graduate Teaching Associate, worked with the Columbus Symphony Chamber Strings as an assistant conductor, and administrated the Ohio State Morning String Student Workshop summer camp. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Wang was the Orchestra Director at Queens Intermediate in Pasadena, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baylor University, where she studied with Dr. Michael Alexander and Dr. Bruce Berg. While at Baylor, Ms. Wang received the Bennett Award in Music Education and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda. Ms. Wang has had the opportunity to present sessions at the annual conventions for the American String Teachers Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Ohio Music Education Association and is actively involved as an administrator for the Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop.
Gracie Ibemere is a double bassist, who began her musical studies in the public school system of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since selecting the double bass, she has completed a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Austin, a master’s degree at the University of Houston, and most recently graduated in May 2018 with a doctorate from the University of Houston in double bass performance and a minor in musicology. Dr. Ibemere has studied with Robin Smith, George Speed, DaXun Zhang, and the spectacular Dennis Whittaker, principal double bassist of the Houston Grand Opera. She has been a clinician in the greater Houston area since her move from Austin in 2012. Her private lesson studio has seen many region, solo and ensemble, and UIL successes. During her studies she served as principal double bassist of the university symphony orchestra, ballet orchestra, and opera orchestra. In addition to performing in academic concerts, Dr. Ibemere has played in regional symphonies, churches, and chamber groups. Dr. Ibemere attributes her successes in the music world to eight hour practices and more importantly the lessons and pedagogy of Dennis Whittaker, from whom she learned to love teaching. As the new assistant director she looks forward to working with young musicians and continuing the tradition of classical music and the love of all music.