Colin Catoe is in his fourteenth year of teaching and is currently the director of orchestras at Atascocita High School in Humble, Texas. Before arriving at Atascocita, he served as the orchestra director and assistant band director at Woodstock High School in Woodstock, Georgia. His time at both positions has been marked by significant growth in enrollment, earning top honors at music festivals and contests, and strengthening the orchestra's visibility in the community.
A native of Louisiana, Mr. Catoe began his musical studies in the public schools of Baton Rouge and graduated cum laude from Louisiana State University (LSU), where his primary instructors were Dr. James Byo, Dr. Jerzy Kosmala, and Dr. Linda Moorhouse. While at LSU he maintained an active performance schedule with the LSU Symphony, participated in the campus Men’s Choir, served as drum major of the 2004 Golden Band from Tigerland, and was a member of the Beta Omega chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
An active member of TMEA, he has served as the Orchestra Division Chair for TMEA Region 19 and twice as a guest clinician with the Region 13 Middle School Orchestras. Mr. Catoe frequently serves as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the Houston area. He also performs as a violist and music director with the Kingwood United Methodist Church Orchestra and has previously performed with the Kingwood Pops and Cobb Symphony Orchestras.
Mr. Catoe was selected as the Teacher of the Year for Atascocita High School and was a finalist for the Humble I.S.D. Teacher of the Year in 2013. He resides in Kingwood with his wife Elyse, their sons Jonah and Caleb, and their dogs Becky and Emma.
Guillermo Teniente is currently serving as orchestra director at Atascocita High School in the Humble Independent School District for the second year. He recently graduated with a Cello Performance degree under the tutelage of Dmitri Atapine at University of Nevada in Reno. While in Reno Mr. Teniente won the concerto competitions at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Reno Pops Orchestra in collaboration with his fiance Maya Dimitroff, where they were featured performing Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos in g minor with both orchestras.
Before moving to Reno, Mr. Teniente resided in his hometown of Laredo, Texas. While there he was the low strings instructor at the Laredo Community College and also a music instructor at Texas A&M International University. In 2012 Mr. Teniente was appointed to be the Music Director of the Laredo Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, where he worked with some of the most talented music students in his community.
Beginning his music studies in the public-school system at the age of eleven, it was not until Mr. Teniente attended Vidal M. Trevino Magnet School of Fine Arts and Communication, that he began taking cello lessons with Ms. Stacy Weill. After graduating, he attended the West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where he furthered his cello studies with Professor Emmanuel Lopez and conducting with Dr. Douglas Morrison. In 2008 he acquired his Bachelor's Degree with an emphasis in Music Education.
In 2010 Guillermo received his first Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he was selected to be the Strings Initiative Graduate Assistant for 2008-2010 school year. While in Knoxville he was under the tutelage of the cello professor Dr. Wesley Baldwin and conducting mentor James Fellenbaum. As a Strings Initiative Graduate Assistant, he worked in the Knoxville Community Outreach Strings Program.