Dr. Jay Dunnahoo was the Symphony of the Hill’s Conductor and Artistic Director 2001-2015 and became Conductor Emeritus in 2015 in recognition of outstanding leadership that turned a fledgling local orchestra into a regional ensemble providing a full seasonal program of orchestral music. He continues to perform as a violinist with the Symphony.
Dr. Dunnahoo’s extensive experience in music includes serving as a public school orchestra teacher and music administrator. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University and 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.