Patricia Lee Hill Country Youth Orchestra Conductor Chair
Patricia Lee is the HCYO Conductor and Kathleen C. Cailloux Director of Education for the Hill Country Youth Orchestras. She is the first named Director of Education for HCYO. In this capacity, she guides a comprehensive instrumental music education program that encompasses a beginning strings ensemble class, intermediate orchestra levels, advanced chamber music ensembles, and a full symphony orchestra performing the symphonic literature. Under her direction, the students of HCYO have received awards and scholarships at the local, state, and national level, and participated in community outreach throughout the Hill Country.
Patricia Lee attended the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she was a scholarship student of Arianna Bronne. She graduated with a Bachelor of Violin Performance and has devoted her career to teaching the traditions and philosophy of her mentors. Her experience with youth orchestras began when she was a student violinist in the New York All-City Orchestra under the direction of Leon Barzin, founder of the National Orchestral Institute. Her orchestral training under accomplished artists from New York and Philadelphia inspired her to share her love of music and the orchestral experience.
Ms. Lee received her Teacher Certification in Music from the University of Houston. In additon to her teacher certification, she attended the Ohio Montessori Training Institute affiliated with Case Western Reserve University where she studied child development. She has also taught and directed award-winning public and private school orchestra programs in Texas since 1982.
From 2000 to 2009, Ms. Lee worked with the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio as a conductor and as the Director of String Education. In the spring of 2004, Dr. Dan Troxell, Superintendant of the Kerrville Independent School District, invited her to establish the new KISD Orchestra Program. The KISD middle and high school orchestras have since won consecutive sweeptstakes at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading competition, and the elementary orchestra programs have brought state-wide recognition and honors for special program innovation and best educational practices.
As a violinist, Ms. Lee performs regularly and holds the Principal Second Chair in the Symphony of the Hills. Patricia Lee and her husband Brad Lee together founded the Oak Leaf Quartet, a professional string ensemble in the Hill Country and enjoy performing throughout the year.
Conductor and String Teacher
Gail Plaxico is the instructor for the "Twinkle" Beginning Strings Class and the conductor of the Con Moto Orchestra for the Hill Country Youth Orchestras. Ms. Plaxico has a degree in music education with a specialty in strings and is a musician with extensive playing and teaching experience. She has taught orchestra programs and private lessons throughout the South and Southwest, creating a public school strings program while living in Kentucky. Her private lesson students are consistent winners of superior ratings at solo and ensemble contests, with many placing in the top chairs at regional auditions for honor orchestras. Her professional affiliations include the South Carolina Music Educators Association, the Kentucky Music Educators Association, The American String Teachers Association, The National School Orchestra Association, The Texas Orchestra Directors Association, and the Texas Music Educators Association.
Ms. Plaxico has always been involved in performing ensembles and is equally at home as both a violinist and violist. Her playing experience includes symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, string quartets, and trios. In addition to her classical repertoire, Ms. Plaxico has enjoyed playing and performing with legendary country singer Ray Price, The Sisters Morales, Gypsy Caravan, Salon Mexico, and the Fredericksburg Theater Company.
Conductor and String Teacher
Jonathan Raveneau is the conductor of the Cavatina Orchestra for the Hill Country Youth Orchestras. Mr. Raveneau is a versatile and eclectic musician with specialties ranging from classical to jazz in both instrumental and vocal genres. As a full scholarship student, he earned a Baccalaureate in Music Performance from Baylor University with an emphasis in classical violin. He has performed in the Baylor Symphony; Temple Symphony; San Angelo Symphony and the Waco Symphony. While at Baylor, Mr. Raveneau participated in the budding jazz program and performed for master-classes led by Fred Sturm, John Faddis, Maria Schneider, and Wycliffe Gordon and was a founding member of the Baylor Jazz String Quartet.
In August of 2006, Mr. Raveneau received a full scholarship to the University of Miami in Florida and began his graduate career with studies in Classical and Jazz Violin in the studio of Glenn Basham and Jazz Vocal in the studio of Dr. Rachel Lebon. He has performed and toured with such groups as: Overthetop (an accapella jazz vocal group); University of Miami Orchestra; University of Miami Jazz String Quartet; Shades of Six; Strings Unwound; the Clark Chamber Players; and the University of Miami Studio Jazz Band. He also participated in a master-class with Casey Driessen and in January, 2008, guest performed with the Rock Orchestra, Rochestra, in Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. Raveneau is the first graduate student from the University of Miami to receive a Masters in Jazz Violin.
Conductor and Strings Teacher
Theresa Britt is a violinist and music teacher in Fredericksburg, Texas. Although she has only been in the area since Fall of 2010, she is the director a the new Fredericksburg Community Orchestras in Fredericksburg, Texas. She maintains a large private studio of violin, viola and cello students at Ambleside, Heritage, and the Hill Country Youth Orchestras in Kerrville. In 2012, she completed a Master’s Degree in String Pedagogy at Texas Tech University. She received her Bachelor of Music with teacher certification from Texas Tech University in 2007. She studied violin in the studio of Dr. Kirsten Yon while at Texas Tech. Formerly, Theresa directed orchestra at Atkins Middle School in Lubbock, Texas and served as a master teacher for the Texas Tech University String Project. She also taught Suzuki group classes for the Suzuki Talent Education of the Lubbock Region and was violin coach for the Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestra. She performs with various ensembles as a violinist and fiddle player.