Directors

Kaitlin Gallman (BHS Director)

Kaitlin Teske Gallman is originally from Arlington, Texas where she began studying the violin in the 5th grade. She studied privately with Mrs. Joan Stanley throughout her school career, participated in All-Region Orchestras, TMEA Honor Orchestra, UIL Solo & Ensemble competitions, and Arlington Youth Orchestra.  Mrs. Gallman was inspired to pursue a career in music education by her orchestra directors and master teachers, Aleta Caraway, Jo Todd, and Royce Coatney.

As a third generation Aggie, Mrs. Gallman went on to study music with an emphasis in violin performance at Texas A&M University, College Station.  She was a founding member of the A&M Student in Resident String Quartet, played professionally as co-principal 2nd in the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and was a member of Professor Marianne Henry’s violin studio.  She graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Music in 2010.

Mrs. Gallman received her teaching certification through UNT’s post-baccalaureate program where she studied music education under Karrell Johnson and violin performance in Julia Bushkova’s violin studio. In the spring of 2013, she student taught in Plano ISD under the mentorship of Brian Coatney and Sue Ewing.

From 2013-2021, Mrs. Gallman was the Associate Orchestra Director at Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas. She taught 6th Grade beginners, supported the junior high feeder schools, and had great success with all levels of high school string and full orchestras. While at Pearce she helped grow the program from three to four orchestras, founded the first Parent Orchestra in RISD, and conducted six Fine Arts Musicals, three of which received consecutive Best Pit Orchestra from Schmidt and Jones: Les Miserable, Mama Mia, and Hairspray.

Currently, Mrs. Gallman is pursuing a Master of Music in Music Education at Southern Methodist University. She resides in Richardson with her husband, Chad Gallman and pet corgi, Winston Churchill. She is an active member of the TODA, TMEA, and is a provisional TMAA judge. She enjoys reading fiction literature (on the beach if possible), watching classic movies on TCM, drinking Starbucks iced chai, and traveling! 

Toby Jones (BHS Director)

Toby Jones grew up in Arlington and began playing the violin under the direction of highly esteemed orchestra director and educator, Amanda Musser.  While continuing his love for music making as a string player, Mr. Jones joined the band as a trumpet player where he became a 2-year member of the TMEA All State Jazz band in addition to achieving recognition as a classical musician.

Mr. Jones received his degree in Music Education from Texas Christian University in 2000.  While at TCU, He held the principal trumpet position in the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. German Gutierrez, lead trumpet in the TCU Jazz band under the direction of Curt Wilson, and was enrolled in the Honors Music Theory Program.  Mr. Jones attributes the realization of his dream to become an orchestra director to Dr. Nick Scales, professor of Bass Studies at West Texas A&M for his guidance and pedagogy.

Mr. Jones began his 21-year teaching career in Arlington ISD at Young Jr. High, and then at his alma mater, Arlington High School where his orchestras received top awards at UIL contest and performance festivals.  Prior to joining the Berkner Orchestra team, Mr. Jones spent 8 years at R.L. Paschal High School in Fort Worth ISD as the Director of Orchestras and Mariachi.  While at Paschal HS, his orchestras consistently achieved the highest ratings at UIL contest.  Under his direction, the Symphony Orchestra performed as an invited orchestra in the Fort Worth Symphony’s Festival of Orchestras.  Mr. Jones also led the Varsity Mariachi ensemble to its first State UIL Mariachi contest, and advanced to State each year after.  He was also influential in developing the musical theater program, having conducted several DSM recognized pit orchestras including, Cinderella, Little Shop of Horrors, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and White Christmas.  One of Mr. Jones’s proudest achievements as a music teacher is that he currently has 13 former students and 8 student teachers teaching orchestra in the DFW area.

Mr. Jones is an active musician, playing trumpet and violin throughout the metroplex. He also serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the area.  He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association and is an Honorary PTA Life Member.  In his free time, he enjoys fishing, golfing, remodeling and spending time with his wonderfully talented wife Rachel (soon-to-be Dr. Jones), and his two darling daughters, Grace and Olivia.

Lydia Villarreal (BHS Director)

Ms. Villarreal has played instruments most of her life. She began playing the piano at age 7 and picked up the harp at age 12. Under the direction of Professor Delaine Leonard, she continued her pursuit of musical education through her adult years.  Ms. Villarreal received her Bachelor of Music in music studies alongside a minor in mechanical engineering. She then further pursued her Masters degree in harp performance at her undergraduate alma mater, The University of Texas in Austin.

She was privileged to be a member of the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra during her formative high school years. She has also has performed with the UT Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Symphony Orchestra, Mariachi and Harp Ensemble. Ms. Villarreal has traveled the globe to perform with the World Youth Wind Orchestra and the World Adult Wind Orchestra.

Ms. Villarreal has her music teaching certification and is specialized in a Suzuki teacher certification.  In addition to teaching music, Ms. Villarreal has assisted in orchestra and harp programs in the Austin and Round Rock Independent School Districts, she has volunteered with various church organizations and at the Center for Music Therapy in Austin. She was the harpist for the Movement Tracks Project, a collaboration between therapists and musicians to create new methods in music compositions and recording, utilizing brain-based music technology to help people walk again.

Ms. Villarreal is passionate about music and the effect it has on others. She actively advocates for human rights, especially the rights of her current, past,  and future students. Currently, Ms. Villarreal enjoys spending time in her own home accomplishing DIY projects and visiting friends and family, especially her niece!

 

Originally from Brazil, Carina Parker started learning to play the violin at the age 9 . She
earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the State University of Campinas in Brazil (Unicamp), a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she had the opportunity to study with outstanding professors such as Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig.  During her 15 years of teaching experience, Carina had the opportunity to teach music in multiple settings across three countries–Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States–where she worked with students of numerous ages and skills levels, teaching individual and group lessons and coaching chamber and string orchestra ensembles. Carina has had the privilege of playing alongside many notable musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Nadja Salermo, Augustin Hadelich, Boris Belkin, and Kurt
Masur.

Marie Garcia (AJH Director)

 

Aaron Fryklund (Liberty Head Director)

FryklundheadshotMr. Aaron Fryklund grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma. He began piano lessons at age 9 and joined orchestra as a violinist in the 6th grade. He made a hobby of learning new instruments and during middle school and high school learned to play all string orchestra instruments in addition to guitar, bass guitar, drums, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, trumpet, hammer dulcimer, and clarinet. He was in a number of bands including blues, funk, jazz, folk, and bluegrass groups.

He studied music composition at Oklahoma City University where he won the concerto competition in 2005 by playing a movement from Bernstein’s Second Symphony. There he studied composition with Edward Knight and conducting with Matthew Mailman. Mr. Fryklund is the head of the OCU Composers Alumni Association and organizes a yearly concert in which current students perform works written by alumni. In 2008 he received his masters degree from the University of North Texas in music composition studying with Andrew May, David Bithel, and Cindy McTee.

Mr. Fryklund began his career as an educator in Dallas ISD. As a middle school orchestra director there he led his ensembles to successful outcomes at contest, earning his school their first Orchestra UIL trophy in more than ten years. At DISD he helped organize the yearly All-City honor orchestra and served as clinician and sectional leader.

He is also an active professional composer. He has won awards for his film music and has had his pieces performed in eight states and in Europe. He is composer in residence for Theatre Britain, a theater company based in Plano that only performs British plays, and in 2014 he was musical director for the premier of his first original musical, Broken, at Gilley’s in Dallas.

Mr. Fryklund also enjoys reading, video games, and spending time with his wife, Monika, and their son, Adam.

Jordan Dixon (Liberty Director)

Jordan Dixon is a Dallas area native, and is entering her seventh year of teaching. She began playing the violin in 6th grade as well as the oboe in 7th grade, and continued both throughout her public education in Mesquite ISD. She received her Bachelors of Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2012. From there, she spent her first three years teaching in Tyler ISD as a middle school director, where her programs earned their first UIL trophy in seven years.

Ms. Dixon is excited to begin her fourth year working at Liberty Junior High. She looks forward to continuing Liberty’s tradition of success, and learning from her talented and enthusiastic students.