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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 26 years. She has two children Andrew 25, and Thomas 21, and a beagle named Dodger. In her spare time she likes to volunteer for her church, shopping and spending quality time with her family.



Kelton Burnside 

Associate Director of Orchestras at

Plano East Senior High School



Mr. Burnside is from Camillus, a town outside of Syracuse in Upstate New York. He began studying the piano at age 6 privately and then the cello at age 7 through his school’s orchestra program. In high school, Mr. Burnside was a member of his school’s orchestra and string quartet and served as a substitute organist at local churches.
In 2018, Mr. Burnside graduated from Ithaca College Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. While at Ithaca College, he studied cello with Professors Elizabeth Simkin and Heidi Hoffman as well as organ with Professor Jean Radice. He also pursued academic interests in chamber music, Hungarian Folk music, and conducting. In Spring 2018, Mr. Burnside co-conducted the Ithaca College Gamer Symphony Orchestra, a campus-wide ensemble dedicated to performing musical works from video games.
Mr. Burnside is enjoying his time teaching in Plano ISD as the Associate Director of Orchestras at Plano East Senior High School. Previously, he was the Associate Orchestra Director at Hendrick and Schimelpfenig Middle Schools.
Mr. Burnside is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, American String Teachers Association, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.