Central Texas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra


If you are interested in becoming a part of the Central Texas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s upcoming season, please read on!

The Central Texas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is preparing for its 2021/2022 season!

EMAIL CONTACT: CTPYouthOrch@gmail.com

CTPYO is an orchestral ensemble for students who will be in grades eight through twelve in the 2021/2022 school year. This group consists of orchestral strings (including harp and piano) plus traditional orchestral woodwinds, brass and percussion!

Please feel free to contact us at CTPYouthOrch@gmail.com with your recordings and questions!

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Barbara Hughston

-Conductor, Georgetown ISD Liason and Rehearsal Site Host

Orchestra Director at Georgetown High School

Barbara Hughston is the Orchestra Director at Georgetown High School. She received her Bachelors of Music Education in 2016 from Baylor University, where she studied under the direction of Michael Alexander, Eka Gogishashvilli and Stephen Heyde. She looks forward to an amazing season with the Central Texas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra!

Brett Kroening

-Music Director and Conductor

Originally from Albuquerque, NM, Brett Kroening resides in Austin, Texas as an active performer, educator, and composer with a full studio of over 50 horn students.
Prior to returning to Texas in 2015, Brett was on faculty at The New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, NM as AP Music Theory Lecturer and Orchestra Director during which he led ensemble to back-to-back NM State Orchestra championships. He worked as Composer/Music Arranger for the school as well, a position he still maintains.
Studying horn performance, music theory and composition, (University of New Mexico, Metropolitan State University, UT Austin), Brett freelances/teaches/writes in the central Texas area. As a composer, he has received composition commissions from local, regional, and international ensembles and institutions such as Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Phi Beta Mu Music Fraternity, Wichita State University, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, line upon line percussion ensemble, Rocky Mountain Brassworks, and The United States Air Force Academy along with many high school ensembles in New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Texas and California. Brett’s compositions and arrangements have been performed/premiered in venues such as: The Lensic in Santa Fe, NM, Cadogan Hall in London, England, the Fryderyk Chopin Conservatory of Music in Warsaw, Poland, Die Hochschule Luzern in Lucerne, Switzerland, the Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, Korea, and Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.
He holds the 4th horn position with the Victoria Symphony (TX), and is also serving as Director of Music Operations for the Central Texas Philharmonic.

Nolan Jager Loyde

-Conductor, Round Rock ISD Liason

Mr. Nolan Jager Loyde received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas and his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University. Mr. Loyde currently serves as the Assistant Director of Fine Arts for Round Rock ISD.
Throughout his educational career, concert bands and orchestras under Mr. Loyde’s direction have received consistent superior ratings and acclaim at the state and national levels. Complementary to these achievements, Mr. Loyde is an active performer and educator across America where he has received various honors and the opportunity to perform alongside great musicians in many ensembles. Mr. Loyde continues his professional impact by serving as a frequent adjudicator and clinician across the United States. Most recently he has been nominated as a Quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award. Mr. Loyde is very excited to work with fantastic musicians in the CTPYO.