Dr. Kathryn D. “Cathy” Brownlee

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Dr. Kathryn D. “Cathy” Brownlee

Dr. Kathryn D. “Cathy” Brownlee is the Founder and Artistic Director of the New Texas Symphony Orchestra.

She started the NTSO in 2004 with a dream that was two-fold: to give amateur and volunteer musicians an opportunity to play in a full orchestra setting within the City of Dallas, and to share in the excitement and improved quality of life that comes from being a part of music played for the love of it. The NTSO is a splendid occasion for both musicians and audiences to experience the passion and diligence behind making and experiencing great music.

Brownlee’s goal is for everyone to recognize and embrace the accessibility and positive impact of orchestral music. She strives to create a space that is welcoming and exciting while honoring long-standing orchestral traditions. Her love of music radiates from the moment she steps on the podium. The leadership, fellowship, and passion she offers the orchestra is a significant part of what makes this performing arts group unique.

Dr. Brownlee completed her Doctor of Musical Arts through Boston University with a focus on community music and lifelong music-making. She also holds a Master of Music Education and Artist Certificate in Conducting from The University of Texas at Arlington. In addition to leading the NTSO, Dr. Brownlee is a Music Professor at Dallas College Cedar Valley Campus. She is an active clinician and adjudicator in the DFW area and holds memberships with The Conductors Guild, The College Music Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity for women.

Previous conducting positions include Director of Orchestra for Cathedral of Hope UCC and Artistic Director for The Women’s Chorus of Dallas and the Oak Lawn Band. Conducting appearances feature events in Grand Rapids, Fort Lauderdale, Washington D.C., and Toronto, Canada. Brownlee is honored to have worked with Dallas Symphony musicians Gary Levinson, Jolyon Pegis, and Maria Schleuning, international pianist, Dr. Baya Kakouberi, national artists Kristin Chenoweth, Sam Harris, and Marvin Matthews, and many local favorites, including Denise Lee, Liz Mikel, and jazz pianist Arlington Jones

Dr. Brownlee lives with her wife and two miniature schnauzers on their 5-acre property in southern Dallas County. In her leisure time, she enjoys time shared with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, and tending to their land. In addition, she shares a special bond with her John Deere tractor.