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Texas Music Festival
The University of Houston
Moores School of Music
120 School of Music Bldg
Houston, TX 77204-4017
Phone: 713-743-3313
Fax: 713-743-3166


Alumni of the Texas Music Festival have gone on to enjoy careers in all aspects of the arts, from performance to management:

  • Palina Arnadottir, violin – Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Alan Austin, violin – General and Artistic Director, Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival®
  • Rebecca Zabinski Brown, Operations/Personnel Intern – Artistic Associate, Houston Symphony
  • Chase Cobb, Personnel/Operations Intern – Education/Outreach Coordinator, Houston Ballet
  • Dr. Nathan J. Cooke, bassoon – faculty, Sam Houston State University
  • Alan Daowz, cello – member, Catrina Quartet, faculty New Mexico State University
  • Richard Dowling, piano (2009 TMF soloist) – owner, Dowling Music stores in Houston and in Steinway Hall in New York City. Dowling manages this entrepreneurial enterprise between his many engagements as a performing artist with the Piatigorsky Foundation and as a solo pianist.
  • Phillip Freeman, trombone – member, Houston Symphony
  • Aaron Goldman, flute – member, National Symphony Orchestra
  • Lorento Golofeev, viola – member, Houston Grand Opera and Ballet orchestras
  • Andrew Gott, bassoon – member, St. Louis Symphony
  • Rudy Hoehn, bass trombone – member, Santa Barbara Symphony
  • Eric Hopkins, percussion– Assistant Timpani/Section Percussion, Utah Symphony
  • Kendra Whitlock Ingram, horn – Vice President, Programming and Education, Omaha Performing Arts
  • Samantha Whelan Kotkas, trumpet/Orchestra Manager – creator of Storyfair Productions (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Chris Johnson, violin – host of “The Afternoon Concert” and technical director of “The Front Row”, KUHF-Houston Public Radio
  • Colleen Matheu Johnson, flute/piccolo – member, Houston Ballet Orchestra
  • Trent Leisure, percussion – member, Nashville Symphony
  • Evan Leslie, cello – Director of Public Programming at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
  • Min Long, viola – Faculty, Wuhan Conservatory of Music and Principal, Oriental Symphony Orchestra
  • Miles Maner, bassoon – Associate Principal Bassoon, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra and Principal Bassoon, Breckenridge Music Festival
  • Allison McGillivray, cello – principal, Academy of Ancient Music
  • Mikylah Myers McTeer, Operations/Personnel Intern – Founder and former director, Durango (CO) Youth Orchestra
  • Jonathan Morgan, viola – member, Now Hear Ensemble, a quintet with a passion for new music, based in Santa Barbara, CA
  • Robert Pagan, flute – Director of Operations, New York Youth Symphony
  • Chavdar Parashkevov, violin – member, Houston Grand Opera and Ballet orchestras
  • Natalie Parker, clarinet – principal, San Francisco Ballet
  • Elizabeth Priestly, oboe – principal, Houston Grand Opera
  • Agnieska Rakhmatullaev, violin – Development Officer, Institutional Giving, Houston Symphony
  • Marat Rakhmatullaev, bassoon – principal, Fort Wayne (IN) Philharmonic
  • Abhijit Sengupta, viola – Executive Director, Ojai Music Festival
  • Zhan Shu, violin – member, Milwaukee Symphony
  • Tom Siders, trumpet – Assistant Principal Trumpet, Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Amanda Swain, bassoon – principal, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra; second, Houston Ballet Orchestra; 2nd place winner of 2012 International Gillet-Fox Competition; 1st place winner of 2010 of Meg Quigly Vivaldi Competition
  • John Turman, horn – member, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Ari Vilhjalmsson, violin – Iceland Symphony Orchestra
  • Carl Wilson, Operations Intern – Music Administrator, Houston Grand Opera
  • Dan Zhu, violin – international soloist, Herbert Barrett mgmt.

TMF wants to hear from our alumni! Send us an e-mail to let us know what you are doing. Also check out our Facebook page to stay connected with the festival and other past participants.

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