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Dr. Kathryn D. Brown

Program Coordinator and Full-Time Faculty
Cedar Valley College
Courses: CVC Lab Band, Forum/Recital, Commercial Recording Techniques, Fundamentals of Music and Music Appreciation Online 


A passion for teaching and for sharing the importance of making music at all ages is paramount to Dr. Brown’s philosophy of teaching and of life. She has worked in the music industry as a conductor and artistic director; public school educator; and coach for individual conductors, singers and instrumentalists. She has performed on saxophone and percussion, and as a vocalist, with a variety of ensembles, including Dallas Jazzworx and Kidd Kraddick and the Charismatics.

Professional artistic highlights include her current position as founder, artistic director and conductor for the New Texas Symphony Orchestra, and past conducting experiences as the director of orchestra for Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ in Dallas; artistic director for The Women's Chorus of Dallas; and assistant conductor of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Symphony Orchestra. Dr. 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.; and include the 1992 presidential inauguration and the 1993 March on Washington. International appearances include Toronto and Montreal, Canada. Dr. 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.

Dr. Brown started her college career in community college, receiving an associate degree in arts from Weatherford College, with emphasis in both vocal and instrumental music. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, receiving an all-level teaching certification. She also holds a Master of Music degree in music education from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she also received a graduate certificate in performance in orchestral conducting. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education degree through Boston University, where she took a special interest in community music and the framework of music engagement as lifelong learning.

Dr. Brown serves on the SoCo Women’s Chorus Advisory Board (Austin) and holds memberships with the College Music Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Sigma Alpha Iota (professional music fraternity for women), and Pi Kappa Lambda (national music honor society).

She is a certified instructor in Quality Teaching in Practical Sustainability (Q-Tips) and, as such spotlights aspects of “green” sustainability within the context of her classes. Her teaching and goal of making a living and making a life in music are facilitated by her expertise in an eclectic combination of music-making and professional experiences.