The Beckendorff Junior High School (Katy, TX) orchestral program was established in 2004. The current directors are Karel Butz (Head Orchestra Director) and Anna Clement (Assistant Orchestra Director). Past directors include Beth El Gomez, Matthew Porter, Shaun Hillen, and Dixie Addington.

The Beckendorff Orchestras have earned prestigious honors at the state and international level that include being named the 2019 TMEA Honor String Orchestra, 2019 Houston Cup Winner, 2012 TMEA Honor Full Orchestra, performing at the 2011 & 2015 Midwest Clinic in Chicago (Symphony and Honor orchestras respectively), being named a seven-time National Winner in the Foundation for Music Education Mark of Excellence Competition (most recently in 2018), and winning 62 consecutive UIL Sweepstakes Awards. Beckendorff remains a regular State Finalist in the TMEA Honor Orchestra competition.

The 250 Beckendorff orchestra members are divided among six ability-based orchestras.  Beginners (First Year Orchestra) are taught in homogenous classes while ensemble skills are built in the more advanced level orchestras which include the Camerata, Philharmonia, Sinfonia, Honor and Symphony (full orchestra). All orchestra students receive a rich music education that includes singing, ear training, music history, and written theory. Beckendorff feeds Seven Lakes High School.



Beckendorff Orchestra Accolades

TMEA State Honor Orchestra Finalist
2019 – 1st Place, State Champions
2018 – 5th Place
2016 – 2nd Place, Runner-Up
2015 – 6th Place
2013 – 6th Place
2012 – 3rd Place
2011 – 6th Place
2010 – 4th Place

TMEA State Honor Full Orchestra Finalist
2012 – 1st Place, State Champions
2011 – 5th Place
2010 – 5th Place

The Midwest Clinic
2015 – Beckendorff Honor Orchestra
2011 – Beckendorff Symphony Orchestra

The Foundation for Music Education Mark of Excellence Competition: National Honor Orchestra Winner
2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

UIL Sweepstakes Award

The Houston Cup
2019 – 1st Place