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Taylor Orchestra's Director Clint CapshawA 1999 graduate of James E. Taylor High School, Clint Capshaw was a former student of director emeritus George Engelmann.  Mr. Capshaw received both his Bachelors degree, magna cum laude, and Masters degree from the University of North Texas.

In spring of 2003 Mr. Capshaw was the solo recipient of the Honors Award given to the most outstanding undergraduate music education major for the 2002-2003 school year.  Proficient on the viola, baroque viola and viola da gamba, his teachers have included Dr. Susan Dubois (modern viola), Cynthia Roberts (baroque viola), Patricia Adams Nordstrom (viola da gamba) and Karrell Johnson (string education).

Mr. Capshaw taught middle school and elementary orchestra in Denton for 5 years and high school orchestra in Round Rock for 2 years.   His orchestras have consistently earned “sweepstakes” awards at UIL contest and Best in Class awards at Festivals throughout the state.

When he is not teaching, Mr. Capshaw performs professionally with the Abilene Philharmonic and the Dallas Bach Society.   Clint resides in Katy with his wonderful wife Jessica and his three amazing children, twin boys Daniel and Nicholas (age 2) and daughter Emma (age 1).  Clint is very proud to call Katy and James E. Taylor High School his home once again!!!!

2014-2015 TOPA Board Members 

TOPA is a non-profit organization made up of the parents of the orchestra students. 

President - David Hyder
Vice President/Fundraising/Programs - Cherie Duddridge
Treasurer - Jenny Shi
Secretary/PublicityVarsha Bajaj
Web Manager - Ian Duddridge
Uniforms - Sue Syed
Refreshments - 
 Clauudia Walter
Volunteer Coordinator - Roxanne Hewitt
Spirit Items - Beth Walz
Memorial Parkway Liason - 
McMeans Liason -
Members at Large - Bruce Hewitt
Charms Coordinator - 

2014-2015 Taylor Orchestra Student Officers 

 
The TOSO officers for 2014-2015 are:
 
President - Clara Walz
Vice President - Jeannette Xu
Treasurer - Jason Xu
Secretary - Shehla Syed
Photographer/Historian - Isabella Walter
Photographer/Historian - Leah Stevenson
Photographer/Historian - CJ Sample
Philharmonic VP - Austin Chan
Philharmonic Secretary - Christina Yim
Sinfonia VP - Markus Egholm
Sinfonia Secretary - Andy Duddridge
Concert Class VP - Garland Hermes
 
 
 

Taylor Orchestra Performance Ensembles

Symphony (Full) Orchestra: This orchestra rehearses after school on Tuesday afternoons from mid-November until Mid-May. The Chamber and Philharmonic string classes constitute the string sections of the orchestra and the very top wind, brass, and percussion from the Taylor High School Band are invited to perform as members of this award winning varsity ensemble. This orchestra will perform at the UIL where they have earned consistent Sweepstakes Awards at the UIL Orchestra Contest each Spring, Best in Class Awards at Spring trip contest on four different occasions and has placed as high as second in the state with the Texas Music Educators Association 5A Full Orchestra Contest.

Chamber String Orchestra (Select): This class is comprised of mostly seniors, juniors, and a few qualified freshmen and sophomores. Students in this class generally have been playing their instrument for four - five years minimally and are studying privately. They will perform grade five string and full orchestra literature. This orchestra will be asked to prepare an honor tape in the Fall for the TMEA 5A Honor String Orchestra Tape competition and a varsity string program in addition to the Varsity Full Orchestra that both classes will prepare for UIL . This orchestra will perform at the UIL where they have earned consistent Sweepstakes Awards at the UIL Orchestra Contest each Spring The Chamber Strings Orchestra has placed as high as fourth in the state for the TMEA Honor String Orchestra competition. Regular attendance at weekly sectionals year round and full orchestra from November - May is expected. Each rehearsal and performance is for a major grade.

Philharmonic String Orchestra (Advanced): This class is comprised of mostly freshmen and sophomores and a few upperclassman as well. Students in this class generally have been playing their instrument for three - four years minimally and are studying privately. This class will perform grade four and five literature string and full orchestra literature. This orchestra will perform at the UIL where they have earned consistent Sweepstakes Awards at the UIL Orchestra Contest each Spring Regular attendance at weekly sectionals year round and full orchestra from November - May is expected. Each rehearsal and performance is for a major grade.

Concert Blue and White String Orchestras (Intermediate): These two classes is comprised of mostly freshmen and sophomores and a few upperclassman as well and combine to perform as one orchestra. Students in this class generally have been playing their instrument for three - four years minimally and are studying privately. This class will perform grade three and four string literature. Regular attendance at weekly sectionals year round is expected. Each rehearsal and performance is for a major grade.

 

On April 14, 2014, Taylor High Symphony Orchestra (full orchestra) and the Taylor Concert String Orchestra  performed at Carnegie Hall for the second time. 


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20700 Kingsland Blvd.
Katy, Texas 
281-237-3652



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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