mEET tHE dIRECTORS

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Mr. Aryc Lane

Orchestra Director

Mr. Aryc Lane is the Director of Orchestras and Fine Arts Department Chair at Reedy High School. He also holds the position of TMEA Region 24 Orchestra Division Chair and is currently serving on the executive board in the Texas Orchestra Directors Association (TODA) as Vice President/Treasurer. 

Mr. Lane graduated from Illinois State University (ISU) with a Master of Music Education degree.  His degree included an emphasis in cello performance under the guidance of Dr. Adriana Ransom and conducting studies with Dr. Glenn Block.  Mr. Lane had the honor of being principal cellist in the ISU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and he also served as the cellist for the ISU Graduate String Quartet. As a freelance cellist in Illinois, Mr. Lane regularly performed with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Decatur-Millikin Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Cello Society.

 

Mr. Lane also attended Baylor University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Music Education degree. While at Baylor, he studied cello with Dr. Gary Hardie. His principal music education studies were under the supervision of Dr. Michael Alexander, author of the Orchestral Expressions string literature.

Mr Lane is a member of several professional music organizations, including TMEA, TODA, TMAA, and ASTA.

Mr. Lane is an active arranger, cellist, guest clinician, and judge in the Dallas area and across the state of Texas. He is also an active yogi and travels the world whenever he can!

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Ms. Rachel Kim

Orchestra Director

Ms. Rachel Kim is the Associate Director of Orchestras at Reedy High School. 

 

An avid educator and performer, Ms. Kim has obtained Master of Education from Columbia University Teachers College, and Master of Music in Viola Performance from Manhattan School of Music, studying under New York Philharmonic violist and professor, Robert Rinehart. During her studies at MSM, Ms. Kim served as the principal violist of Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, and studied conducting with David Gilbert.

 

As an active chamber and orchestral musician, Ms. Kim has worked with members of the Cleveland, American, Biava, and Tokyo String quartets, and performed with Evansville Philharmonic and Bloomington Orchestra. Ms. Kim has also performed in festivals including the Heifetz International Music Festival, the Innsbrook Institute of Music, and Indiana University Summer Festivals. Her musicianship has brought opportunities to perform at Weill Hall and Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall, and receive additional instructions from masterclasses with Kim Kashkashian, Robert Vernon, Peter Slowik, and David Halen.

 

Studying with the renowned violist Atar Arad, Ms. Kim received a Bachelor of Music Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Upon receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Ms. Kim was nominated to obtain a Performer Diploma under the direction of professor Mimi Zweig. Ms. Kim is a recipient of the Manhattan School of Music Scholarship, Indiana University Merit and Faculty scholarship.

 

Previous to joining Reedy High School, Ms. Kim has taught as the Orchestra Director at Scarsdale Middle School in Westchester county, New York. During her tenure, she has founded and directed Sinfonietta Strings, an advanced string chamber ensemble, adjudicated Westchester All County Orchestra auditions, and has been an active member of the New York State School Music Association.

 

Aside from playing her viola, Ms. Kim enjoys spending time with her baby Julian, baking, reading, and walking her two adorable Morkies named Teddy and Rosha.

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Ms. Megan Li

Harp Director

Ms. Megan Li is the Director of Harp Studies at Reedy High School.

Ms. Li received her harp training at The Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied under renowned harp soloist Yolanda Kondonassis. She earned both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree in Harp Performance. In addition, Ms. Li furthered her ensemble experience by attending many prestigious summer festivals including the Tanglewood Music Festival, Round Top Festival Institute, Eastern Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival and the Monteux School and Music Festival. Ms. Li was also honored to be one of the last harpists to spend the summer studying with legendary harp teacher Alice Chalifoux at the Camden Harp Colony. 

 

Since moving to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Ms. Li has performed with many local orchestras including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra, and Abilene Philharmonic, among others. She is also an avid chamber musician and enjoys playing harp and violin duets with her husband, Steven Li, who is a member of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. 

 

Ms. Li has a passion for teaching and has enjoyed helping her students achieve top ratings in Texas State Solo and Ensemble contests as well as be selected for All-State Orchestra. When she is not playing the harp or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her daughter Charissa, playing the ukulele, singing, reading, skiing, and hiking. 

REEDY ORCHESTRA CLUSTER DIRECTORS

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Kirsten King

Orchestra Director

Ms. King is the Director of Orchestras at Pioneer Heritage MS.

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Leanna Johnson

Harp Director

Ms. Johnson is the Harp Director at Pioneer Heritage MS.

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John Rauscher

Orchestra Director

Mr. Rauscher is the Director of Orchestras at Pearson MS.

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Cody Smith

Orchestra Director

Mr. Smith is the Co-Director of Orchestras at Pearson MS.

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