Dr. Jay Dunnahoo has become Conductor Emeritus following twelve years of service as Conductor and Artistic Director of the Symphony of the Hills in Kerrville, TX.
He is an adjunct faculty member at Schreiner University in Kerrville and is employed as the Executive Secretary for the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.
Dr. Dunnahoo’s extensive experience in music includes serving as a public school orchestra teacher and music administrator. He has earned a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University and a master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Houston. He is a past-president of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Conference, Pasadena Philharmonic Society, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.
Dr. Dunnahoo’s 1976 symphony orchestra at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena was named the Honor Orchestra of the state of Texas by the Texas Music Educators Association. The Texas Orchestra Directors Association named him its Orchestra Director of the Year in 1992. Also in 1992, Southwest Texas State University’s Department of Music honored him by recognizing “His Outstanding Contributions To and Distinguished Career in Music Education.” In 2007, the music division of the National Federation of State High School Associations awarded him its Outstanding Music Educator Award.
Dr. Dunnahoo and his wife, Jodie, have four grown children (all string players) and eight grandchildren.