Former Students

Dustin Adams

Musician, music educator, and piano tuner/technician, Dustin Adams earned his Associate Degree in Music at Amarillo College (‘04), before transferring to the University of North Texas. After moving to the Denver, CO, area, Dustin apprenticed with Move and Tune Pianos before beginning his own piano tuning and repair service.  Dustin also teaches piano with Swallow Hill Music Association, and is an active performer.

J Jerome Amend

Jerome Amend, principal trumpet of the Louisville Orchestra, recently wrote to us that after graduating from AC and attending the University of Houston and University of Louisville, “...the most stimulating and valuable educational experience was, without question, at Amarillo College - an education that has served me well through all the difficult turns and rigors of a performance career.”

A’Dreonna Armstrong

Music Field of Study (‘17) and Associate in Music (‘17) at Amarillo College then transferred to Wayland Baptist University.

Lily Arnett

Lily Arnett graduated with Honors, earning the Music Field of Study (’17) and Associate in Music  (‘17) from Amarillo College. Lily has transferred on scholarship to Texas Tech University, where she is continuing her music studies.

Ann Marie Ball

After studying the violin in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program as a child, Ann Marie (Rauscher) Ball began her formal vocal training (‘09) at Amarillo College and later earned her Bachelor in Music from Abilene Christian University.  Ann is currently the development operations manager for the Jacksonville Symphony in Jacksonville, Florida.

Chancelor Barbaree

Baritone Chancelor Barbaree completed the Music Field of Study (‘17) and Associate in Music (‘17) at Amarillo College, continued another semester of vocal studies with Mary Jane Johnson, and  transferred to the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 2018.

Afton Battle

After studying music at Amarillo College, Afton Battle, soprano, transferred from to the University of Houston on a full vocal performance scholarship. She went on to the Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Studio, was a semi-finalist in the MET National Council Competition, and has been featured with the Kentucky Opera as Artist in Residence.  She has also gone on to complete her Masters at Westminster Choir College.

Elizabeth Bauman

After studying in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program as a child and earning her Music Field of Study and an Associate in Music (‘08) from Amarillo College, Elizabeth Bauman went on to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Music Business from West Texas A&M University and Master of Arts Administration and Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.  Elizabeth is currently working in administration in the Dallas/Ft Worth area.

Joshua Blashill

Joshua Blashill completed his Music Field of Study (‘13) and Associate in Music (‘14) from Amarillo College before transferring to study music at West Texas A&M University.  Josh is also the supervisor of the Amarillo College Carter Fitness Center.

 

Larry Bobbitt

Larry Bobbitt graduated with his Associates in Music (‘72) before completing his Bachelor Degree in Geography from West Texas State University.  A career public servant and Army National Guard sergeant , Larry has been with the Amarillo VA Hospital since 2003.

Dana Bolin

After studying violin in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program for most of her youth, and music at Amarillo College (‘90), Dana Bolin went on to complete her degree at WTAMU.  Dana is an Assistant Principal in Amarillo’s River Road ISD.

Austin Brazille

After graduating with his Associates in Music (‘09) from  Amarillo College, Austin Brazille transferred to the University of North Texas, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. He then relocated to New York City for graduate studies at New York University, and gigs frequently in the Amarillo area.

Seth Brogdon

After earning his Music Field of Study and Associates in Music (‘15) from Amarillo College, Seth Brogdon went on to the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences for a diploma in Recording Arts Technology/Technician.  Seth is now working in New York, NY with The Music Playground.

 

Homero Campos

Homero Campos began his formal music education at Amarillo College (‘01), moving to Hollywood, California to attend  the Musicians Institute, a contemporary music conservatory in the center of the music industry. Homero holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Commercial Music and a Master of Arts degree in Music Composition. Homero is currently teaches guitar and supervises the music lab  for Amarillo College, and began the AC Suzuki Program guitar component.

Candace Carpenter

Candace Carpenter completed her Music Field of Study (‘12) from Amarillo College before continuing is a mezzo soprano, specializing in character and dramatic roles, and currently teaches voice and music appreciation at Amarillo College.

Rolonda Carrington

Rolonda Carrington, who earned her Associates Degree in Music from Amarillo College, serves as  the ladies ministry director and music ministry director for Jubilee Apostolic Church in Amarillo.  Ronlonda released the album “Sweet Journey” in October of 2010 through Red Sky Recording Studio.

CJ Carter

After completing his Music Field of Study {‘13) and Associates Degree in Music (‘13) at Amarillo College, CJ Carter went on to study saxophone at West Texas A&M University.  CJ is currently performing in the Amarillo region with the Lakehouse Project, a self-described “Bluesy Rock, Soulful Country with a sprinkling of Jazziness” band.

Cara Collins

Vocalist Cara Collins completed the Field of Study in Music (‘13) at Amarillo College before transferring to SUNY Purchase College in New York, where she completed a Bachelor Degree in Vocal Performance. In the summer of 2017, Cara performed cover roles in Opera North’s professional summer music festival.  She is currently living, coaching voice and studying in New York.

David Conley

David Conley completed the Music Field of Study  (‘08) at Amarillo College before earning his Bachelor Degree in Music from WTAMU and his Masters in Music Performance at the University of Oklahoma.  David has held positions as organist for multiple churches and continues to perform while teaching in the Dallas area.

Mark Cota

After completing the Music Field of Study (‘15) and graduating with his Associates in Music (‘15) from Amarillo College, Mark is currently enrolled in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado.

Ben Cross

After completing the  Music Field of Study (‘17) and Associates in Music (‘17) at Amarillo College, Ben transferred to WTAMU where he continues his studies in music.

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Andrea Cruz

After completing her Associates in Music (‘03) at Amarillo College, Andrea Cruz continued her music education studies at West Texas A&M University.  An active chorale singer in the Amarillo community, Andrea is the Choral director at Caprock High School.

 

Ricardo Cruz

Ricardo Cruz completed his Associates in Music (‘02) at Amarillo College before transferring to Texas Tech University, where he earned his  Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Performance. An active area performer and private lesson teacher, Ricardo is the elementary music teacher at Humphrey’s Highland in Amarillo ISD.

Mika Daniels

Mika Bradford Daniels studied music (‘05) at Amarillo College before transferring to and completing her Bachelor Degree at West Texas A&M University.  Mika is the Choir director at Westover Park Junior High.

Elizabeth A Davis

Studying violin in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program from the age of 3, Elizabeth Davis went on to earn a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Baylor University and Master of Fine Arts from the Western Reserve University - Cleveland Play House acting program. A versatile actress, Elizabeth is most critically acclaimed for her role as the violin-playing Czech immigrant Reza in the Broadway musical Once, for which she earned a Tony nomination.

Ramone Diggs

After studying music music at Amarillo College (‘96), Ramone Diggs graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied opera on a full tuition merit scholarship. Ramone joined the “Three Mo’ Tenors” opera company in 2004, and toured with that organization for several years.

Jeremy Duck

After attending Amarillo College (‘07), Jeremy Duck enrolled at WTAMU where he recently finished his Masters in piano performance.  Jeremy is beginning his doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the fall of 2017, where he will specialize in contemporary music studies.

Mary Ferguson

Mary Timmons Ferguson graduated with her Associates in Music from Amarillo College (‘90)  before completing her Music Ed degree and is the elementary music teacher at Western Plateau.

Katherine Fong

Katherine Fong began studying the violin with the Amarillo College Suzuki Program at age four, going on to earn a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory, and her Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School.  A member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2000, Katherine is an active orchestral musician, chamber musician, soloist, and entrepreneur. In addition to the Metropolitan Opera season, Katherine frequently performs as soloist in Bogotá with the Orquesta Nacional de Colombia and runs her company Luxitune (www.luxitune.com), designing bejeweled fine tuners for string instruments.  

Art Fristoe

After studying music at Amarillo College, Art Fristoe moved to the Houston area, where we was an instructor at Houston’s High School for Performing and Visual Arts and he firmly established himself as one of Houston’s top jazz musicians. His critically acclaimed Art Fristoe Trio recently released “DoubleDown”.

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Franchesca Fuentes

After completing the Music Field of Study (‘16) at Amarillo College, vocalist Franchesca Fuentes, went directly into the Disney College Program in sunny Florida.  Franchesca is currently continuing her vocal studies at Wayland Baptist University.

Gretchen Smith Goldman

Gretchen Smith Goldman began playing the violin in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program with Helen Gerald at an early age and continued her studies after high school graduation.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Houston Baptist University and continued playing violin while working as an RN. Gretchen became a registered Suzuki teacher, opened a violin studio in San Angelo, and played with the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra.  She continues to work in nursing and play her violin whenever possible.

Michael Grooms

A cello student throughout his youth in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program, Michael Grooms studied with Edward Tillery and Eleonora Lopez.  Michael is currently a PhD Candidate in Archaeology at the University of New Mexico.

Mary Margaret Haraden

Mary Margaret Haraden studied violin in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program from preschool age through high school.  After completing her music degrees at Texas Tech University and her Suzuki pedagogy training, Mary Margaret taught in the Amarillo area schools and the Amarillo College Suzuki Program.  Currently, she holds a faculty position as Suzuki specialist with Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD.
 

Jimmy Heisler

After earning his Associates in Music from Amarillo College, Jimmy Heisler continued his music studies at West Texas A&M University.  After serving for 10 years as the worship leader and youth pastor at Freedom Fellowship Church in Canyon, Jimmy is now the director of Youth With a Mission of Amarillo/Canyon.

Meghan Henry

Meghan Henry completed her Music Field of Study (‘12) and Associates in Music (‘12) at Amarillo College before transferring to the University of Texas San Antonio and finishing her Bachelor in Vocal Performance.  Currently she is employed with the Music Arts Center of San Antonio.

Robert Hinds

Before picking up the trumpet, Robert Hinds began his musical studies as a youth on the violin in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program.  After completing his Bachelor in Music Education at West Texas A&M University, Robert began teaching, and is currently the Director of Bands at Hereford ISD.

Logan Hopson

Logan Hopson completed the Music Field of Study (‘11) and Associates in Music (‘12) from Amarillo College before transferring to the Univeristy of Colorado Boulder, where he earned his Bachelor in Music Education.  He is employed as a K-12 music teacher in Thornton, Colorado.

Anna Hornstra

Anna Jessup Hornstra studied violin with Beverly de la Bretonne throughout her childhood in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program.  After completing her music degree in violin from Baylor University, Anna studied Suzuki pedagogy and became a registered Suzuki teacher. She currently teaches Suzuki violin in the Houston area.

Stephanie Howard

After earning her Associates in Music (‘13) from Amarillo College, Stephanie Howard continued her music studies at West Texas A&M University, where she is currently working toward her Master in Music Performance.

Jason Hudson

Jason Hudson received his Associate in Music (‘00) from Amarillo College before transferring to West Texas A&M University and earning his Bachelor in English.  Jason is now a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Amarillo.

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Cassandra Hussey

Cassandra Hussey attended Amarillo College as a major in harp and piano performance then transferred to Texas Tech University where she earned two degrees in music while studying under world-renowned harpist, Dr. Gail Barber.

Cassandra currently resides in Amarillo, Texas, where she has performed as acting principal harpist of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra and as harpist of the Amarillo Opera. She performs frequently for different churches, organizations, and events.  Cassandra currently teaches Suzuki harp and music appreciation at Amarillo College.

Sean Jones

After studying music (‘16) at Amarillo College, Sean Jones transferred to West Texas A&M University to work on a degree in Musical Theater.  Sean can be seen in the lead role of Calvin Armstrong in the 2017 production of the TEXAS Outdoor Musical Drama.

Josh Kendle

Josh Kendle began his violin training in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program as a young child, and went on to earn degrees in violin performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  A computer programmer since 2004, Josh continues to be an active freelance musician in Kansas City.

 

Lyndi Krause

Lyndi Krause, admissions and voice teacher at WTAMU, earned her Associate in Music (‘03) at Amarillo College before transferring to West Texas A&M University, where she completed both her Bachelor in Music and Master in Music. She has been accepted to the Toulouse Graduate School and will be attending the University of North Texas in the fall of 2017 to begin work towards her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree.

Kylie Krauss

After graduating from Amarillo College with her Music Field of Study (‘15) and Associates in Music (‘15), Kylie Krauss just received her Bachelor’s from Dallas Baptist University, where she was nominated for and awarded a  2017 Texas Music Educator Award which recognizes elite music education students from Texas colleges. This fall, Kylie will begin her first music teaching job in the metroplex area.

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Nicholas Levy

After graduating with his Associates in Music from Amarillo College (‘14), Amarillo High salutatorian Nicholas Levy, received the esteemed President’s Transfer Scholarship in Fall 2013 from the University of Maryland which paid for both years of his undergraduate degree. He is now completing graduate work in voice at U of M.

Stephanie Littlejohn

After completing her Music Field of Study (‘12) and Associates of Music (‘12) at Amarillo College, Stephanie Littlejohn earned her Bachelor of Music at West Texas A&M University.  Stephanie is employed as the orchestra director at Fannin Middle School.

Clara Lyon

Born in Amarillo, Clara Lyon’s earliest beginnings of violin study were with the Amarillo College Suzuki Program, and her parents, violinist James and cellist, Carol. A 2008 graduate of the Juilliard School, Clara earned her Master of Music degree at SUNY Stony Brook, where she continued her doctoral studies. Clara is currently a critically acclaimed solo violinist, and member of the Spektral Quartet.

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Tiffany McDaniel

Starting violin at the age of 3 in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program, Tiffany McDaniel received her Bachelor of Music from WTAMU after completing her Music Field of Study and Associate in Music at AC (‘09).  Tiffany teaches Suzuki violin at Amarillo College where she also serves as Suzuki/Music Administrative Assistant, and performs regularly with the Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Opera, and as a freelance violinist.

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Marlin McKay

After beginning his music studies at Amarillo College, trumpeter Marlin McKay, currently artist in residence at Kentucky State University, received his Bachelor in Jazz Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and went on to complete his masters in Jazz Performance at Indiana University.  

Bethany Mennemeyer

Beginning her violin studies in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program, Bethany Mennemeyer,  has a bachelor of music degree from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Previously performing with various orchestras throughout Michigan, Bethany’s musical background also includes the Detroit hip-hop scene, having appeared on stage with Paradime, Proof and Kid Rock, among others.  Bethany currently is a member of the Santa Barbara Symphony.

Michael Mireles

Growing up studying the violin with Helen Gerald in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program, Michael Mireles continued on to study at Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University.  Mike currently is a Field Director for the Boy Scouts of America in Louisville, Kentucky.

Katy Moore

Beginning her violin studies in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program with Beverly de la Bretonne, Katy Moore graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in violin performance.  Now the Assistant Concertmaster of the Amarillo Symphony, Katy received her Suzuki pedagogy training at Amarillo College and teaches Suzuki violin in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Violin at WTAMU.

Tiffany Russell

Tiffany Russell completed her Associates in Music (‘09) at Amarillo College,  After teaching choir at Crockett Middle School, Tiffany was named head choir director at Tascosa High School in 2017.

Anthony Najar

Anthony Najar completed the Music Field of Study (‘12) and Associates in Music (‘13) at Amarillo College before transferring on to West Texas A&M University.  Anthony is currently working on his MBA in Healthcare Management at WTAMU.

Cong Nguyen

Pianist Cong Nguyen completed the Music Field of Study (‘12) and Associates in Music (‘12) at Amarillo College before transferring to WTAMU, where he received his Bachelor in Music and continues his graduate studies.

Annie Nichols

Vocalist Annie Nichols completed her Associates in Music (‘07) at Amarillo College before studying at West Texas A&M and Texas Tech Universities.  Annie is Music Director of Lubbock Moonlight Musicals and teaches private voice in the Lubbock area.

Diana Nicklaus

Diana Nicklaus began playing the violin as a young child in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program and studied throughout high school.  Diana earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Urban Studies from Tufts University and her Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.  She is the President and CEO of saam architecture in Boston, Massachusetts.

Todd Oberheu

Todd Oberheu studied viola in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program throughout his youth with Beverly de la Bretonne.  He went on to study social work at Texas Tech University and earned him MBA in Health Care Administration from Wayland Baptist University.  Todd is the hospital administrator at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Ruidoso, NM.

Matt Oglesby

After studying music at Amarillo College (‘95), Matt Oglesby went on to  earned his B Mus. from the University of Houston and an MA in vocal performance from West Texas A&M University.  Matt is currently an Instructor in Voice at West Texas A&M University

JD Souther

Named  Amarillo College’s  2017 Distinguished Alumnus, JD Souther attended AC in 1965-66. He arrived in Los Angeles in the late 1960’s to become one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation. He wrote ten classic hits for Linda Ronstadt and collaborated on songs with headliners like James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffett and Roy Orbison. He is also an accomplished musical performer and actor, having released several solo albums and has appeared in such television shows as Thirtysomething and Nashville. Souther was inducted in 2013 into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

Liz O’Neal

Liz O’Neal began the violin in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program at the age of three, studying with Chaiwat Rodsuwan, Suzanne Grooms, and Helen Gerald.  Liz holds a Bachelor of Arts-Music degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and is a teacher and freelance performer in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.
 

Hanna Osteen

Hanna Osteen completed the Music Field of Study (‘10) and Associates in Music (‘11) before transferring with a full academic scholarship to the University of Texas at Arlington, where she studied Finance and Business.  Continuing in Engineering Management at SMU, Hanna is currently a financial analyst with Lockheed Martin in Grand Prairie.

Rachel Pierce

After completing the Music Field of Study (‘11) at Amarillo College, Rachel Pierce went on to complete her Bachelor of Music Education at Texas San Antonio.  She currently teaches with Boerne ISD.

John Rauscher

John Rauscher began studying violin in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program at the age of three.  After graduation, John completed a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance and Music Education from Texas Tech University.  John then was named Director of Orchestras at Katy High School in Katy, TX and is currently serving as Director of Orchestras at Pearson Middle School in Friscoe, TX.

Katilyn Sanders

Vocalist Katilyn Sanders, after earning her Music Field of Study (‘14) and Associates in Music (‘14) at Amarillo College, attended the University of Texas at San Antonio where she graduated with her Vocal Performance degree in 2017.

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Lindsay Shupp

After completing her Associates in Music (‘08) from Amarillo College, Lindsay Shupp went on to study music education at WTAMU.  Lindsay is the orchestra director at Palo Duro High School, after several years of successful work with the Mann Middle School orchestra.

Ilana Setapen

Beginning her violin studies in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program, Ilana Setapen studied with Robert Lipsett both at the University of Southern California and at the Colburn Conservatory. She received her Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School.  A prolific solo performer, Ilana is currently the associate concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the assistant concertmaster of the Grant Park Festival Orchestra in Chicago.

Katherine Schultz

Training in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program, Katherine Schultz began playing violin at age 3, and switched to cello at age 14. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Katherine is currently the principal cellist of the Portland Chamber Orchestra, assistant principal of the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra, and a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra.

Jarrett Shedd

After graduating with his Music Field of Study (‘10) and Associates in Music (‘10)  from Amarillo College, Jarrett Shedd transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington where he eventually earned a master’s degree in jazz studies. Among his many earned scholarships during his continued studies, Jarrett was awarded Outstanding Transfer Scholarship.

Marisa Sorajja

Beginning her violin studies at the age of 3 in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program, Marisa Sorajja took college-level music classes (‘01) at Amarillo College before going on  to earn her Bachelor of Music in Violin from the University of Southern California and an Artist Diploma from the Colburn School. Marisa is currently living in LA, with positions as Principal First Violin in the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Associate Principal II Violin with the LA Opera, and in the first violin section in the Pacific Symphony.

Erica Swindell

Violinist, actress and vocalist, Erica Swindell began studying in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program at the age of 3.  Earning her BFA in Acting with a minor in musical theatre from Marymount Manhattan College, Erica appeared in the cast of the Tony Award winning musical Once, in the role originated by fellow AC Suzuki alumn, Elizabeth Davis. A versatile performer, her violin and vocals can be found backing up many storied artists in live shows, and on the album Oh, What a Life.  Erica is currently on tour with Don Henley.

Carolyn Terrell

After studying music (‘89) at Amarillo College, Carolyn Terrell earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Tech University and her Masters of Arts in Music from West Texas A&M University.  Carolyn has been the head choral director of Amarillo High School since 2013.

Weini Tekeste

Multi-instrumentalist Weini Tekeste began her violin training in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program at the age of 5.  She earned a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Oklahoma and Master in Suzuki Pedagogy and violin performance from the University of Minnesota.  Weini is a teacher and freelance performer currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
 

Bond Jessup Thompson

After studying violin with Beverly de la Bretonne in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program in her childhood, Bond Jessup Thompson went on to complete her Bachelor in Music from Baylor University.  After studying Suzuki pedagogy, Bond taught in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program before taking a teaching position with San Jacinto Christian Academy as an early childhood teacher and middle and high school orchestra director.

Baramy Vongsurith

After completing the Music Field of Study (‘12) at Amarillo College, Baramy Vongsurith went on to complete his Bachelor of Music at West Texas A&M University move on to Texas State University for a Master of Music in Kodaly Philosophy.  Baramy is a Music Specialist at San Jacinto Elementary in Amarillo ISD.

Erin Weber

Beginning violin at the age of 3 with Beverly de la Bretonne in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program, Erin Weber was the featured soloist as the 2008 Amarillo Symphony Guild’s Young Artist Competition winner.  She went on to win the 2009 Concerto Competition and earn her Bachelor of Music from Southwestern University, and then to complete her Master in Violin Performance at Texas Tech University. An active chamber musician and educator, Erin currently serves as principal second violin in the Midland-Odessa Symphony, second violinist for the Permian Basin String Quartet, and as adjunct professor of violin at Abilene Christian and Hardin-Simmons Universities.  

Cameron Wehe

Cameron “Cami” Wehe completed the Music Field of Study (‘11) and earned her Associates in Music (‘12) at Amarillo College before continuing her studies at Oklahoma State University. Currently Cami is the Admissions Communications Specialist at Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City.

Amy White

Amy White completed her Associate Degree in Music (‘03) from Amarillo College before earning a Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from West Texas A&M University.  After many years of successful private teaching in Canyon, Plainview and Amarillo, Am is currently serving as vice president of Amarillo Music Teachers Association and is the executive director and piano teacher for Noteworthy Music Academy in the Amarillo area.

Kip White

After completing the Music Field of Study (‘01) at Amarillo College, Kip White earned his Bachelor of Music from West Texas A&M University and his Texas teaching certification. With prior teaching positions in Borger, Plainview, and Boys Ranch, Kip is now the head choir director at Dumas Middle School and teaches private voice for Noteworthy Music Academy in the Amarillo area.

Kathryn Wilkes

Kathryn ”Kat” Wilkes studied violin from a very early age in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program, and worked on her General Studies degree (‘06) at AC before transferring to WTAMU where she earned a Bachelor in Music.  Kathryn has since been performing and touring with the successful Austin-based “browngrass” band, Sour Bridges.

Carlie Wing

After starting her violin training at as a child in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program, Carlie (Cates) Wing  returned to work on her Suzuki pedagogy training at AC while completing her music degree at West Texas A&M University. After receiving her bachelor in music, Carlie became the orchestra director at Mann Middle School, Allen 6th Grade Campus, and Emerson Elementary, and taught  violin in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program.

Hannah Wood

Hannah Oheim Wood began studying the violin with Beverly de la Bretonne in the Amarillo College Suzuki Program as a preschooler.  She began her studies in education at Amarillo College, and completed her Bachelor degree at West Texas A&M University. Hannah is currently teaching in AISD.