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Dr. Jan Garverick

TODA Orchestra Director of the Year - 2016




Jan Garverick is the Director of Orchestras and the Department Head of Fine Arts at MacArthur High School in North East Independent School District in San Antonio, where she has taught for thirty-eight years. In her forty-three years of teaching, Dr. Garverick has been dedicated to the enrichment of life through music. She delights in helping students and teachers learn more about string pedagogy and finds fulfillment in the fact that many of her former students have become orchestra directors.


Dr. Garverick earned degrees in English and music and a Ph.D. in Fine Arts with a major in Music Education from Texas Tech University. Beginning her career as an itinerant string teacher in the elementary schools of NEISD, she has taught strings from kindergarten through university levels. In NEISD, she organized and implemented the first middle school string program, developed a high school string program, and founded the NEISD Summer Orchestra Workshop, serving as its first teacher and coordinator for twelve years. She has served in every office of the Texas Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, including president. An active member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, the Texas Music Educators National Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association, Mu Omicron, and the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Dr. Garverick has presented clinics at TMEA, TODA, and National ASTA. In addition, she has taught at the Texas Tech Orchestra Camp for twenty-two summers.


In March 2016 the MacArthur orchestra completed its fifth international performance tour to Austria, with previous tours in 1998, 2004, 2008, and 2012.


Dr. Garverick’s recent publications, Music for Harp(s) and Young Strings, are string arrangements in collaboration with harpist Gail Barber. Dr. Garverick is also a contributor to the MENC Benchmarks for Student Compositions and the coauthor of four chapters for the reference book Teaching Music Through Performance, Volume Three. 


Her many accolades include the 1999–2000 Southwestern Bell/UIL Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2004 MacArthur High School Teacher of the Year Award, and the 2006 American String Teachers Association National Elizabeth A. H. Green Award, given annually to one school orchestra educator in the nation who demonstrates a current and distinguished career in a school orchestral setting. In 2005 she was inducted to the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame as the outstanding woman in the field of professional education in San Antonio, kindergarten through grade twelve. Dr. Garverick was also voted by the faculty as MacArthur’s 2006 Trinity Prize winner for Excellence in Teaching, sponsored by Trinity University, the Express-News, and H-E-B. In 2010 she received MacArthur High School’s UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. 


The Texas Orchestra Directors Association named her the Texas Orchestra Director of the Year in 2016 for her many accomplishments as a music educator.