Dr. Kathryn D. “Cathy” Brownlee

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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 to give amateur and volunteer musicians an opportunity to play in a full orchestra setting and share the excitement and improved quality of life that comes from playing music. The NTSO presents a great opportunity for both musicians and audiences to experience the passion and diligence behind performing great music purely for the love of it.

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

Dr. Brownlee holds a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. She completed her doctorate through Boston University with a focus on community music and lifelong music-making. In addition to leading the NTSO, Dr. Brownlee is a Music Professor and the Music Program Coordinator at Cedar Valley College. She serves on the SoCo Women’s Chorus Advisory Board and holds memberships with The Conductors Guild, the College Music Society, and Texas Music Educators Association.  

Dr. Brownlee is an active clinician in the Dallas area. Previous conducting positions include Director of Orchestra for Cathedral of Hope UCC and Artistic Director for The Women’s Chorus of Dallas. 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, along with local favorites, Denise Lee, Liz Mikel, Angie McWhirter, and pianist Arlington Jones.