Amarillo High School Orchestra

     The Amarillo High School Sandie Orchestra is rich in pride and tradition. It has enjoyed a long history of success and prestige. Students and staff strive to maintain high expectations and a standard of excellence.

AHS Orchestra_Movie Night
Music and Movie Night at AHS Orchestra


Director, Alejandra Alderete

Alejandra AldereteAlejandra Alderete is a native of Laredo, Texas.  Although she began her music education as a pianist at age 5, she joined her middle school orchestra as a violinist and later fell in love with the cello.  She attended the Vidal M. Trevino Magnet School for Communications and Fine Arts where she focused on her cello studies.  Through summer programs, she attended classes taught by Phyllis Young (University of Texas, formerly) and Eugene Osadchy (University of North Texas).  Ms. Alderete studied the cello with Emmanuel Lopez at West Texas A&M University for both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Performance degrees.   She kept a busy schedule serving as a cellist in the Amarillo Symphony since her freshman year of college and has been the Principle cellist for Chamber Music Amarillo, Amarillo Opera, and Amarillo Little Theatre.  Ms. Alderete also coached for the Amarillo Youth Symphony and was the director of the Preparatory String Program.  On the side, Miss Alderete enjoyed teaching private lessons and being the house cellist for Covenant Recording Studio. In Dallas/Fort Worth, Ms. Alderete spent a year teaching in McKinney at Cockrill Middle School as the Assistant Orchestra Director. She also enjoyed reaching out into the music community as the host and event coordinator for Open Classical, North Dallas. Ms. Alderete served as the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Assistant during the summer of 2015 and worked over 20 concerts and events as a coordinator, string coach, and cellist.
   This year, Ms. Alderete is very excited to be back in the Panhandle as the orchestra director for Amarillo High School and continues to perform with the symphony regularly. Her hobbies include working with other artists and musicians from different genres and spending time with her border collie, Siri.

 

 

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