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Todd Berridge is in his 20th year of teaching music and his 9th year as Director of Orchestras at Permian High School. His responsibilities include team teaching the Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra, The Freshmen Orchestra and the Satin Strings. Mr. Berridge also assists at Bonham, Wilson & Young and Nimitz Middle Schools. Mr. Berridge is an active adjudicator and clinician through-out Texas. Mr. Berridge attended Permian High School from 1987-1990. He was privileged to be under the direction of both Charles Nail & Kathy Fishburn. Mr. Berridge graduated from Texas Tech University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. While at Texas Tech, Mr. Berridge was principal viola in the Texas Tech Symphony Orchestra, a viola section member of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and received instruction on the viola from Dr. Susan Schoenfeld.

Previous to his appointment to Permian High School, Mr. Berridge taught at Flower Mound High School, Vernon High School and at Strickland Middle School in Denton, Texas. Mr. Berridge’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association and the Texas Orchestra Director’s Association. Under the direction of Mr. Berridge, The Permian High School Orchestras have consistently earned Superior ratings at the University Interscholastic League Concert and Sightreading Contests and have received “Best in Show”, “Overall Outstanding Ensemble” & “Most Entertaining Ensemble” awards in music festivals both internationally and across the United States.

Before coming to Permian, Mr. Berridge’s orchestras, along with the entire Fine Arts Department at Flower Mound HS, won the prestigious GRAMMY® “Gold Signature” Award in 2005 & again in 2006. In December of 2007, The Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra was invited to perform at the 61st Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. The Chamber Orchestra was the only Orchestra from Texas to perform at this prestigious International Music Conference. In February of 2012, Mr. Berridge was awarded the ECISD “World Class Leader in Education” Award. In 2007, he was named teacher of the Month for Flower Mound High School and has received the “Golden Apple” Award from the Lewisville I.S.D. for “Outstanding Service in Education”. In December of 2007, Mr. Berridge was selected to represent Texas as one of the “50 Directors who Make a Difference” for the School Band and Orchestra Magazine.

Lastly, Mr. Berridge is also listed in the 2005-2006, 2006-2007 & 2007-2008 “Who’s Who Among American Teachers”, an honor which means the most to Mr. Berridge, because he was nominated by a current or former student. Aside from music, Mr. Berridge loves to spend time with his family. He is happily married to Jessica, a 1st Grade teacher at Buice Elementary, and they have two beautiful children; Natalie (15) and Luke (10).

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Kathryn Sabrsula is a native of Austin, Texas and in her 2nd year of teaching at Permian High School. Originally a horn player for twelve years, Ms. Sabrsula discovered her love for orchestra through playing in symphony orchestras beginning at a young age. Her passion for orchestra truly sparked during her experience as part of the 2010 TMEA Honor Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Susan Williams at Westwood High School.

Ms. Sabrsula earned her Bachelor’s of Music Degree graduating Summa Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2015. While at UTA, she continued her studies in horn under Professors Heather Test and Gerry Wood. She is a founding member of the Sempre Blast Horn Quartet.

She strongly cultivated her passion for strings, studying violin under Dr. Martha Walvoord, viola and string pedagogy with Professor Catherine Forbes, cello under Dr. John Burton, bass under Dr. Jack Unzicker, and conducting under Dr. Clifton Evans. She completed her student teaching through Richardson ISD Orchestras in Spring 2015, where she was mentored by Erin Fox and Melissa Livings. Ms. Sabrsula is an active member of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association and Texas Music Educators Association.

Ms. Sabrsula enjoys making music in any way she can. She spends her free time practicing conducting, horn, violin, and cello, as well as playing her ukulele and ocarina. Outside of music, Ms. Sabrsula enjoys cooking, eating, traveling, reading, and playing Zelda.

 

 

 

OFFICERS 2016 - 2017

2016-2017 STUDENT OFFICERS

President – Mercedes Elguezabal

String VP – Jared Lozano

Secretary – Christine Lachica

Librarian – Andrew Maldonado

Chaplain – Alex Wilson

Morale Officer – Baylie McKenzie

Publicity Chairman – Isaac Torres

Historians – Natalie Berridge, Machilee Carlson, Renee Pelopero

Philharmonic Rep – Anel Juarez, Tess Allen

Crew Boss – Dylan Straw

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