"Excellence in Music through Expression and Dedication" – Ann Smith, director of orchestras with Jeremy Pillow, associate director
Posted on 16 June, 2015
Ann G. Smith – Director of Orchestras at Plano East Senior High School
Ann G. Smith began her orchestra training in Troy, Ohio at the age of twelve playing the violin. Mrs. Smith studied music education at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and in 1994 graduated with a BME. Shortly after graduation Mrs. Smith moved to Texas to begin her teaching career in the Fort Worth ISD, where she taught for four years at Paschal High School and McLean Middle School.
In 1998, she began work at Martin High School in Arlington ISD. During her nine years there she worked with the Philharmonic and Concert II Orchestras and earned consistent sweepstakes ratings at UIL Orchestra Contest. Additionally, the Philharmonic Orchestra began performing as a full orchestra ensemble and was the first non-varsity full orchestra to participate in Region V UIL Orchestra Contest and receive a sweepstakes rating. This orchestra also earned division one ratings at many national orchestra festivals.
In 2007, Mrs. Smith began work on her Masters of Music Education Degree and Performance Certificate in Conducting at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her Performance Certificate work has been under the direction of Dr. Clifton Evans. During her studies at UTA, Mrs. Smith has been awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, the TMEA Graduate Scholarship and the Perry R. Bass Graduate Fellowship.
From 2008 – 2014 Ann Smith was the Director of Orchestras at Flower Mound High School. During her tenure at Flower Mound High School, the orchestras has received consistent UIL Sweepstakes ratings and has been name a finalist in the TMEA Honor Orchestra Competition for several years. In 2013 the Flower Mound High School Chamber Orchestra has been selected as to perform at the 67th Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago Illinois.
In 2014, Mrs. Smith continued her work as Director of Orchestras in Plano ISD at Plano East Senior High School and in her short time at Plano East the orchestras have seen growth, significant collaboration within the music department, and UIL Sweepstakes Ratings.
Mrs. Smith is currently a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and is a member of the UIL PML New Music Committee. She has also served as the Region 24 Orchestra Chair. She has also served as Region V high school orchestra coordinator and Region 24 Orchestra Division Secretary. Mrs. Smith also served as Associate Director of the String Orchestra with the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth.
Mrs. Smith has been married to her wonderful husband, Phil, for 24 years. She has two children Andrew 23, and Thomas 19, and a beagle named Dodger. In her spare time she likes to volunteer for her church, shopping and spending quality time with her family.
Jeremy Pillow – Associate Director of Orchestras at Plano East Senior High School
Jeremy Pillow, born in Arlington, Texas, and began studying cello at the age of eleven, at Duff Elementary School. At the age of seventeen, Mr. Pillow began his cello studio as well as taught private lessons in Arlington ISD. He joined Texas Future Music Educators while in high school with hopes of pursuing a career in music education.
Upon graduating from Arlington High School in Arlington ISD, Mr. Pillow studied cello with Dr. Elizabeth Morrow and Dr. John Burton. In addition to his studies on the cello he performed with the UTA Symphony Orchestra and studied conducting with Dr. Clifton Evans. He graduated in 2015 from The University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Music and All Level Music Teaching Certificate.
Over the past five years Mr. Pillow has worked with UTA Summer Strings, Arlington Youth Symphony Orchestra, Solo and Ensemble Contests, and many All-Region Orchestra auditions.
Mr. Pillow recently joined the Plano East Senior High School Fine Arts Team as the Associate Director of Orchestras where he received the First Year Teacher of the Year award. He is an active member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Orchestra Director’s Association.
Mr. Pillow enjoys spending time with his beautiful girlfriend, Brittany, and his dog, Duke. In his spare time he likes to watch movies, play sports, and be with friends.