College of Music Program Book 2011-2012: Ensemble & Other Performances, Volume 3 Page: 77
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Clay Couturiaux is the assistant director of orchestras at the University of North Texas
where he currently teaches orchestral conducting, administrates the orchestral studies area,
and is conductor of the UNT Concert Orchestra. In addition, the 2011-12 season marks
the eighth year for Couturiaux as music director and conductor of the Monroe Symphony
Orchestra in Louisiana. Recent professional conducting engagements include performances
with the Abilene Philharmonic, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony, East
Texas Symphony Orchestra, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Falls Symphony
Orchestra, in Taipei with the National Taiwan Normal University Symphony Orchestra
and in Italy with Milano Classica Orchestra da Camera. Other recent highlights include
conducting the UNT Symphony Orchestra in concert for an audience of 37,000 at Cowboys
Stadium in a major collaboration with the North Texas XLV Super Bowl Host Committee,
NFL Films, and Tim McGraw.
Couturiaux earned the doctor of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting from the
University of North Texas as a student of Anshel Brusilow. He further developed his
skills through lessons with Hugh Wolff, Neal Gittleman, and Michael Jinbo at the world-
renowned Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians, with Harold
Farberman and Guillermo Figueroa at Conductors Guild workshops in Puerto Rico,
through masterclasses with Carl Topilow at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and with
Pinchas Zukerman and Jorma Panula at the National Arts Centre Conductors Programme
in Ottawa, Canada. Other teachers include Kate Tamarkin in conducting, as well as Carter
Enyeart, Tanya Remenikova, Walter Gray, and Eugene Osadchy in violoncello.
As assistant conductor of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2002,
Couturiaux appeared with acclaim on regular subscription series and outdoor concerts.
In 2002, Couturiaux stepped-in on last minute notification and without any rehearsal to
conduct performances of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker with Ballet Arlington (now
Metropolitan Classical Ballet) and conducted "an exciting performance that caught fire"
as reported in the Dallas Morning News. A proponent of music education, Couturiaux is
active as a guest conductor and clinician for high school regional and youth orchestras. He
also has conducted performances for Verizon's "Arts for Literacy" program. In addition to
awards from the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Couturiaux is profiled
in the 2004 edition of Who 's Who in America.
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