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About the Cavalier Orchestra Program

The Cavalier Orchestra program was established in 2005 by Dr. Peter Kempter. It currently is comprised of five string orchestras: Sinfonietta, Philharmonic, Camerata, Chamber and Symphony, and a Full Orchestra.   Our concert season includes a Fall, Winter and Spring concert, Region orchestra, 'Bachs Office Hits' Pop Show, Early Music Contest at the Texas Renaissance Festival, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival and more.  Students are given the opportunity to take private lessons during class or after school from a staff of CISD approved teachers.  Students have graduated to pursue music education and performance degrees at institutions such as Sam Houston State, University of Texas, University of Houston, Baylor and the Juilliard School of Music.  You are invited to explore the links and we hope to see you at one of our concerts.

​The current directors of the Cavalier Orchestras is Mr. Emmanuel Coraza & Ms. Mary Kate Hom

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Awards and Honors

​​American String Teachers Association-National Orchestra Festival (Abq, NM)
2019 - 3rd Place High School String Orchestra​

New York International Music Festival (Carnegie Hall)
2016 - Gold Award​


National Orchestra Honors Mark of Excellence
2015 - Commended Winner - Cavalier Full Orchestra

National Orchestra Honors Citation of Excellence

2023 - Commended Winner - Cavalier Chamber Orchestra


​American Classics Festival - Meyerson Symphony Hall (Dallas, TX)
2015 - Superior, Overall Outstanding Orchestra​

Circle of Honor - Chicago Symphony Hall (Chicago, Ill)
2011
Festival Disney
2018 - Gold Mickey - 1st Place (Orlando, FL)
2013 - Studio Clinic and Downtown Disney (Orlando, FL)
2009 - Silver Mickey (Anaheim, CA)
2007 - Silver Mickey Award (Orlando, FL)​

Directors Choice Contest - Lila Cockrell Theater (San Antonio, TX)
2017 - Superior (2), Best in Class (2), Overall Outstanding
2014 - Superior, Overall Outstanding
2010 - Superior, Runner Up Awards
2008 - Superior
2006 - Superior, Overall Outstanding

UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Sweepstakes
Full Orchestra: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023
Symphony Orchestra: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
Chamber Orchestra: 2007, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022.2023, 2024
Camerata Orchestra: 2017, 2019, 2021. 2022, 2023
Philharmonic Orchestra: 2023

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