mEET tHE dIRECTORS
Mr. Aryc Lane
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 board of directors in the Texas Orchestra Directors Association (TODA) as Secretary.
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!
Ms. Rachel Kim
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.
Dr. Jennifer Betzer
Dr. Jennifer Betzer is the Director of Harp Studies at Reedy High School. She recently fulfilled the requirements for the Doctoral Degree in Musical Arts at the University of North Texas with a concentration in Music Education. Here she has been awarded multiple scholarships, the graduate string award, and first prize in the graduate exhibition. She has performed with the Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, and Wind Ensembles. She has also performed as a soloist across the US, Europe, and Australia.
She was featured as Concerto Soloist with the Rome Festival Orchestra, has performed in the Vienna Institute of European Studies, and has toured Australia as a harpist with the Sydney Sinfonia.
During her Masters, Jennifer focused her thesis on Contemporary Australian music for harp. She interviewed various performers and composers to create a guide of modern techniques for the instrument.
Additional performance experience was gained through the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, the Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas, the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Colorado, and the Long Horn Music Festival in Texas.
Throughout this wealth of musical experience, she began teaching privately in 2006. She developed a passion for enriching students’ musical lives by imparting the inspiring lessons of her predecessors. Jennifer obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and her Masters from Sydney Conservatorium. When she is not performing and teaching, Jennifer has a passion for free fall and is a licensed skydiver.
Jennifer is currently serving as the Secretary of the American Harp Society in Dallas.