Directors

Karel Butz, Head Director
Email: KarelTButz@katyisd.org
Phone:
+1.281.237.9486
Address:
8200 S. Fry Rd., Katy, TX  77494
Conference Time: 2:40-3:29 p.m.

Karel Butz is the Head Orchestra Director at Beckendorff Junior High in Katy, Texas.  He previously taught orchestra in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (Houston, Texas) and Carmel Clay Schools (Carmel, Indiana) in addition to serving as adjunct violin faculty at Purdue University.  His orchestras have performed at the Midwest Clinic and are consistent UIL Sweepstakes Winners, Texas Honor Orchestra State Finalists, and National Honor Orchestra Winners in the Foundation for Music Education Mark of Excellence Competition.  Under his direction, the Beckendorff Honor Orchestra was named the 2019 Texas State Honor Orchestra and 2019 Houston Cup Winner.  He is a frequent guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician around the country.

His music is published by Musica Propria, Inc. and has been performed worldwide at several venues including the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Interlochen, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, South Africa’s Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, Indiana University String Academy, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference, and several all-state and region honor orchestras. Mr. Butz’s book Achieving Musical Success in the String Classroom is published by Oxford University Press (2019).

Mr. Butz has performed in several orchestras, including the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and Spoleto Festival USA. He served as an Associate Instructor for string techniques and music theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition, he taught violin for the Indiana University String Academy, Music for All Summer Symposium  Orchestra Division, and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.  He is a freelance violinist in Houston.

Mr. Butz received both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Violin Performance with high distinction from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where his principal violin instructors were Nelli Shkolnikova and Mimi Zweig.  He completed doctoral coursework in music education at Indiana University.

www.karelbutzmusic.com


Anna Clement, Assistant Director
Email: AnnaLClement@katyisd.org
Phone: 
+1.281.237.1259
Address: 
8200 S. Fry Rd., Katy, TX  77494
Conference Time: 11:28 a.m.-12:17 p.m.

Anna Clement, a Rochester, New York native graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. She previously taught 4th grade and high school strings in the Brockport Central School District (New York) and middle school orchestra at Doerre Intermediate School in the Klein Independent School District (Houston, Texas).  Clement received her Master of Music Education degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied violin with Dr. Brenda Brenner and string pedagogy with Mimi Zweig.  Her master’s thesis is entitled “The Prevalence of Playing-Related Injuries in Collegiate Violinists and the Physical, Emotional, and Mental Effects of ELDOA.”

While at Indiana University, she taught for the Fairview Violin Project and was an Associate Instructor for the string methods course.  In 2013, she co-presented two sessions at the American String Teacher’s Association National Conference in Tampa, Florida: “Bringing Playground Games into the String Classroom,” and “Perform Without Pain! An Introduction to ELDOA, a Revolutionary Method to Reduce Repetitive Stress Injuries.” Ms. Clement has performed with the Bahamian National Choir, the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic, and the Energy Corridor Community Orchestra. In her free time, Ms. Clement spends time with her cat Bernie, practices yoga, and goes swing dancing.

CLASS SCHEDULE
7:40 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Sectionals
8:45 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.: Honor & FYO Bass
9:40 a.m. – 10:29 a.m.: Philharmonia
10:34 a.m. – 11:23 a.m.: FYO Violin
11:28 a.m. – 12:17 p.m.: FYO Viola
12:52 p.m. – 1:41 p.m.: Sinfonia
1:46 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.: Camerata
2:40 p.m. – 3:29 p.m.: FYO Cello