Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music Education, University of Houston | Certification- K-12 Music TMEA Region 13 Orchestra Chair FBISD Summer Orchestra Camp Coordinator Texas Music Education Association, member Houston Civic Symphony, violist Galveston Symphony Orchestra, violist
Mrs. Kara Hernandez
I am the Director of Orchestras at Ronald Thornton Middle School. I am a 5th year Fort Bend ISD Orchestra Director. Ronald Thornton Middle School is my dream school, and I am in constant collaboration with the orchestra directors at Ridge Point High School and Baines Middle School. I have served as a private viola teacher and clinician in Fort Bend ISD since 2015 and continue to do so. In 2020, Ms. Karimah Browne and I inaugurated the first Full Orchestra at David Crockett Middle School, one of only three middle schools in Fort Bend ISD to have a Full Orchestra. During the COVID-19 school years, I was selected to write virtual orchestra curriculum. Furthermore, I was the 2021 Fort Bend ISD Summer Orchestra Camp Coordinator and continue to serve as the camp coordinator. In 2022, Mr. Jason Finnels and I inaugurated the Full Orchestra at Ronald Thornton Middle School and submitted for TMEA Honor Orchestra. OUR STUDENTS ACHIEVED 5TH PLACE IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF TEXAS! This past summer, I had the great honor of working my first AFA summer session as a viola faculty artist.
I am a product of FBISD and its excellent orchestra programs. I graduated from Clements High School under the direction of Mrs. Ginger Wolfe. I also attended Commonwealth Elementary and Fort Settlement Middle School. I began my orchestral journey at Fort Settlement under the direction of Mrs. Angela Peugnet. I received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Houston with some coursework in nonprofits and graduated Cum Laude. Throughout my time at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, I performed with the Symphony, Opera, Ballet, and Chamber Orchestras. I also served my school as a Moores School of Music ambassador. My teacher influences include Mrs. Angela Peugnet, Mr. Michael Isadore, Ms. Karimah Browne, Mrs. Karissa Williams, Ms. Carol Crittenden, Ms. Suzanne LeFevre, Mr. Wayne Brooks, Dr. John Snyder, and Maestro Franz Krager.
I am a member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). In 2022, I accepted the position of the Region 13 Orchestra Chair. I am a violist for the Houston Civic Symphony, Galveston Symphony Orchestra, Texas Chamber Symphony, and St. Laurence Catholic Church.
When I am not teaching or playing my instrument, I enjoy spending time outdoors and supporting the Houston Astros with my husband and children. I enjoy reading, baking, playing board games, exercising, spending time with my musical colleagues, listening to My Chemical Romance, and serving the Greater Houston community.
Period 1: Beginning Cello
Period 2: Beginning Violin
Period 3: Conference
Period 4: Chamber Strings Orchestra (V)
Period 5: Symphony Orchestra (NV)
Period 6: Beginning Double Bass & Harp
Period 7: Beginning Viola
TEACHER TUTORIAL & SECTIONAL SCHEDULE
**Full Orchestra: TBD
**Harp: once a week in class with Ms. Davis, harp specialist
MON | 7:45-8:45 AM, Symphony violin technique
MON | 4:15-5:15 PM, bass technique
TUES | 7:45-8:45 AM, Chamber Strings violin technique
WED | 7:45-8:45 AM, cello technique
THURS | 7:45-8:45 AM, viola technique
FRI | 7:45-8:45 AM, tutorials & retests
*Instrument specific technique sectionals are required for all Symphony & Chamber Strings Orchestra students.