Dr. Clifton Evans
Artistic Director and Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Dr. Clifton Evans currently serves as Director of Orchestras, Associate Professor of Music, Graduate Advisor, and String Area Coordinator at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also Artistic Director of the Arlington Youth Symphony. Dr. Evans has enjoyed a conducting career that has taken him to Hong Kong, England, China, Austria, the Czech Republic and throughout the United States. Highly sought after as a clinician and lecturer, Dr. Evans has conducted numerous Region Orchestras and Bands and given multiple lectures on conducting and rehearsal technique. His upcoming schedule includes a guest appearance with the Musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony, multiple Region Orchestras in Texas, and a return engagement with the American Festival for the Arts Conservatory Orchestra in Houston in July of 2017.
Dr. Evans’ work has been widely acclaimed both at home and abroad. At the 11th Annual International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and Competition in Buxton, England, he was awarded Outstanding Music Director for his work with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston. Recent concerts here at home have also been reviewed enthusiastically in the Houston Chronicle. His guest appearance with OrchestraX was hailed as “strong music-making” with “plenty of character” by music critic, Charles Ward. Mr. Ward later wrote that Dr. Evans’ debut as Music Director with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston “exploded with beauty,” and added, “the performance was the best musically I’ve heard from the society.” Everett Evans wrote that Dr. Evans’ performance of H.M.S. Pinafore featured a “crisp, vivid orchestral performance: sprightly in the brisk turns, gracefully flowing in the lyrical numbers.”
In addition to his duties as a music director and teacher, Dr. Evans maintains an active schedule at summer festivals, conventions, and workshops. For six years, he conducted the Fargason concerts for the Texas Music Teachers Association, which featured concerto competition winners selected from across the state of Texas. He also conducted the prestigious American Festival for the Arts Conservatory Orchestra in Houston numerous times and has been asked back for the 2017 season. In addition, he has performed with orchestras at the Texas Chamber Music Institute as well as the UTA Summer Strings Camp. In the summers of 2010 and 2013, he presented conducting workshops and other lectures at the state convention for the Texas Orchestra Directors Association in San Antonio. This year, he founded a new program at UTA, The Texas Conducting Workshop, and taught alongside guest artist, Jeff Grogan, during the workshop’s inaugural year.
Dr. Evans’ previous positions include Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music for the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Music Director for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston, Conductor for the Houston Youth Symphony, and Music Director and Conductor of the Houston Civic Symphony. He currently maintains professional memberships in TMEA, TODA, Conductors Guild, the College Music Society, and the League of American Orchestras. He is an honorary member of the Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi chapters at UTA and also served as the faculty advisor to the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia chapter for 5 years. He resides in Arlington with his wife, Christy, and their four children, Samuel, Luke, Gabriel, and Ava Grace.
Louanne Greer is currently in her ninth year of teaching. She has served as an assistant orchestra director at Young Junior High for six years and as Strings Instructor Ditto Elementary School for three years in Arlington, TX. Prior to YJH, she taught at several elementary schools in the Arlington area.
Mrs. Greer began her musical education on the cello in 5th grade in Arlington ISD. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Music in Musicology/Ethnomusicology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is certified to teach music at all levels, and has taught from elementary to college ages. Mrs. Greer is an active member of TMEA, where she is currently serving as Orchestra Chair for Region 5 and TODA.
In her free time, she enjoys crafting, crocheting, and sewing, as well as spending time with her family and dogs, Gus and Martha.
Junior String Orchestra Conductor
Adam Pratt, a Texas native, has performed in venues throughout the country including Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, and a multitude of venues across the state Texas like Fort Worth’s Modern Art Museum, the historic First United Methodist Church in Corsicana, and the Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton. He has performed with many ensembles including the Austin Youth Orchestra, the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, and the University of North Texas Symphony. Adam served as the principal cellist of the Tarrant County College Chamber String Ensemble, and currently serves as the principal cellist of the Wesleyan Wind Ensemble. Mr. Pratt’s notable ensemble performances include the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in a minor featuring Fort Worth Symphony Associate Concertmaster Swang Lin, the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale’s performance of Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah, and the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra and the Acton Chorus’ performance of Mozart’s Mass in C Major. In July 2013, Adam was the featured guest soloist for the world premiere of John Mackey’s (Redacted), performed by the National Intercollegiate Band at the historic Symphony Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
In 2011, Adam set his sights on smaller ensembles when he collaborated with several colleagues at Texas Wesleyan University for the college’s Chamber Music Showcase where they performed Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 6 in D Major and Beethoven’s Variations on a Theme from Judas Maccabäus. He furthered his chamber music endeavors when he joined Serenata Strings, a professional chamber ensemble, in 2012. Since joining, Adam has played over 200 events throughout north Texas.
As a soloist, Mr. Pratt has performed in the 2011 and 2013 Tarrant County College Honors Recital and was selected to perform in both the 17th and 18th Annual Texas Wesleyan President’s Honors Recital. He was a featured performer in Tarrant County College’s “The Rite of Strings” in October 2012, where he displayed his interpretations of Antonio Vivaldi’s Sonata No. 3 in a minor and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G major for Unaccompanied Cello. In April 2012, Adam presented his research on Brahms’ Piano and Violoncello Sonata in e minor as one of only a handful of students selected by a committee of distinguished faculty for Texas Wesleyan’s University College Day. Mr. Pratt was the 2012 and 2013 recipient of the Irene Clark Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding achievement in music, and was named Texas Wesleyan Instrumental Music Major of the Year in 2012.
Mr. Pratt student taught in Arlington ISD under Diane Harper at Young Junior High School, and Michael Stringer at Martin High School. At Martin, he led the freshmen Concert 1 ensemble in the performance of Copland’s ” Hoedown” from Rodeo, amongst other pieces in the Spring Finale Concert. Adam received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Texas Wesleyan University. After graduation, Mr. Pratt accepted the position of Assistant Orchestra Director at Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas. Under his direction, the Berkner High School Concert Orchestra has consistently earned Sweepstakes ratings at contest. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Emily, rock climbing, and woodworking.