Matt Tavilson

Director of Philharmonic
KYS Intermediate Orchestra

Matt Tavilson

Matt Tavilson currently serves as the director of orchestras at Mayde Creek Jr. High School in Katy ISD. As an orchestra director, he has taught in Spring Branch ISD, Clear Creek ISD, Alief ISD and Bay Area Youth Symphony. In addition to his teaching, Mr. Tavilson is active guest condcutor in Europe and in the USA. He has conducted East Texas Symphony Orchestra, University of Texas at Arlighton Symphony Orchestra, Eskisehir Symphony Orchestra, Akademik Orkestra of Izmir and Baskent University Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Tavilson received his Bachelor's of Music from Ankara State Conservatory. in 1998, he pursued further study in education and conducting where he completed his Master's degree in Music at Texas Tech University. During his study, he conducted the university orchestra and coached strings for Lubbock Youth Orchestra. He also studied orchestral conducting under Dr. Sergio Espinosa at University of Texas at Arlington.

Mr. Tavilson has participated in many orchestras and festivals around the world. Some of the orchestras he has played include: Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey, Amarillo Symphony, El Paso Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, Midland-Odessa Chorale, Roswell Symphony Orchestra, Troy Festival Orchestra of Germany, Mediterranean Orchestra of France, and International Bass Festival in Munich. Mr. Tavilson enjoys traveling around the world, running marathons, road cycling (MS 150)and spending time with his family.

Christina LeBlanc

Director of Symphony
KYS Advanced Orchestra

Christina LeBlanc

An experienced violinist and educator, Christina LeBlanc is the Orchestra Director at Bridgeland High School in Cypress. As an educator, Christina has worked with youth symphonies, high-school orchestras, and private students to further music education in Texas, Ohio, and Virginia. Prior to Bridgeland, she was the Orchestra Director at Elsik High School, preceded by four years at YES Prep West as an orchestra and choir director.

Christina is in her fifth year with the Galveston Symphony and her first as Concertmaster. She has also performed with the Houston Civic Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Woodlands, Canton, Ashland, Mansfield, and Washington Symphony Orchestras, and the Friday Morning Music Club Orchestra. In addition, she has performed in a substitute capacity with both the Colorado and National Symphony Orchestras. In the summers of 2005 and 2006 Christina was granted a fellowship to attend the prestigious National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. She has also performed with numerous chamber music organizations in the Houston area, including Da Camera of Houston and Rice University's 20-21 Ensemble, the Restoration Music Series, and the University of St. Thomas.

Born in Alexandria, VA, Christina began the violin at the age of 9. She was accepted to the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2003 to study with renowned pedagogue Linda Cerone. Christina graduated from the Bachelor of Music program in 2007, with Academic Honors. Other teachers include Vernon Summers, Susan Midkiff, Jonathan Swartz, Carolyn Huebel, and Ricardo Cyncanates. She was the recipient of the Gill Foundation Scholarship at Rice University and graduated with a Master of Music under the tutelage of Professor Kenneth Goldsmith. She spends her free time enjoying family time with her husband, Timothy, and her young sons, Timmy and Remy.