Dr. Kathryn D. “Cathy” Brown 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 the excitement and quality that comes from music performed by those who play because they have recognized the importance of keeping music making a part of their lives. The NTSO is a great option for both musicians and audiences to experience the passion and diligence behind playing great music purely for the love of it.
It is Dr. Brown’s goal that everyone recognizes the accessibility and positive effects of experiencing orchestral music in their lives. She strives to create a space that is welcoming and exciting while honoring long-standing orchestral traditions. Her love of music radiates the moment she steps on the podium. The leadership, fellowship, and passion she offers the orchestra is a significant part of what makes this group stand out from others.
When talking about the NTSO musicians, Dr. Brown exhibits a profound respect and appreciation for all they contribute to our communities. She truly believes that music calls to people in ways that undeniably impact the quality of their lives. As a reflection of this certainty, Dr. Brown completed her doctorate through Boston University with a focus on community music and lifelong music making.
In addition to leading the NTSO, Dr. Brown is a Music Professor and the Music Program Coordinator at Cedar Valley College and also works as a clinician and adjudicator in the area. She holds a Master of Music in Music Education and a Performance Certificate in Orchestral Conducting from The University of Texas at Arlington, where she studied conducting with Dr. Sergio Espinosa. Her Bachelor of Music Education degree is from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, where she studied conducting and voice with Paula Homer, Director of Opera at The University of North Texas. Dr. Brown serves on the SoCo Women’s Chorus Advisory Board and holds memberships with the Conductors Guild, The College Music Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity for women, and Pi Kappa Lambda, national music honor society.
Previous professional conducting experiences include Director of Orchestra for Cathedral of Hope UCC, Artistic Director for The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, and Assistant Conductor of The University of Texas at Arlington Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Brown also served as a 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., including the 1992 Presidential Inaugural and the 1993 March on Washington. Brown is honored to have worked with national artists Kristin Chenoweth, Sam Harris, and Marvin Matthews, along with local favorites, Denise Lee, Gary Lynn Floyd, and Liz Mikel.