Kathryn D. Brown, Professor
Course load: Fundamentals of Music I, Commercial Recording Techniques, CVC Chorus, and Online Music Appreciation.
A passion for teaching and for sharing the importance of making music at all ages is paramount to Ms. Brown's philosophy of teaching and of life. She has worked in the music industry as a conductor and artistic director, public school educator, coach for individual conductors, singers, and instrumentalists, and performer on saxophone, percussion, and vocals with a variety of ensembles, including Dallas Jazzworx and Kidd Kraddick and the Charismatics. Ms. Brown is a Q-TIPS Certified Instructor and, as such, shares aspects of sustainability within the context of many of her classes. She teaches the following courses: CVC Chorus, Fundamentals of Music I, Music Theory I, Commercial Recording Techniques, and Music Appreciation Online.
Professional artistic highlights include her current position as Founder and Artistic Director/Conductor for the New Texas Symphony Orchestra (ntso.org), and past conducting experiences as the Director of Orchestra for Cathedral of Hope UCC in Dallas, Artistic Director for The Women's Chorus of Dallas, and Assistant Conductor of The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Brown also served as Graduate Teaching Assistant for the UTA String Division, and was the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oak Lawn Band. Her conducting appearances feature national events in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Washington D.C., including the 1992 Presidential Inaugural and the 1993 March on Washington, and international appearances in Toronto and Montreal, Canada. Brown is honored to have worked with national artists Kristin Chenoweth, Sam Harris, and Marvin Matthews, along with Dallas favorites, Denise Lee, Gary Floyd, and Liz Mikel.
Brown started her college career in community college, having received an Associate in Arts from Weatherford College, with emphasis in both vocal and instrumental music. She then earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Angelo State University, receiving an all-level teaching certification. Her Master of Music degree in Music Education is from The University of Texas at Arlington, where she also received a Graduate Certificate in Performance in Orchestral Conducting. Ms. Brown is currently working to complete her Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education through Boston University.
Brown serves on the SoCo Women's Chorus Advisory Board and holds memberships with The College Music Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, professional music fraternity for women, and Pi Kappa Lambda, national music honor society.
Prior to this full-time faculty position, Ms. Brown served as CVC's Music Lab Coordinator for eleven years, coaching and mentoring students in class materials and assisting in planning for the completion of music certificates and degrees.