Director of Operations, Central Texas
Rachel is the founder of and Director of Operations at RMT Music and is currently the Director of Instrumental Studies at Central Texas College and a Certified Representative and Clinician for ReedGeek. With over a decade of professional performance, touring, education, and instrumental/vocal recording experience, Rachel has found her perfect home in the live music capital of the world in Austin, TX.
Director of Operations, East Texas
Bethany Fischer is a classically trained musician with a background in jazz, musical theatre, opera orchestra pits, marching band and church bands. She received her Bachelors degree from Sam Houston State University in Music Performance-Clarinet and her Masters in Music Performance from Texas State University. A highly versatile player, Bethany also plays all auxiliary instruments in the Clarinet family, including Eb, A, alto, and bass clarinet.
Bethany’s performance credits include the SHSH Wind Ensemble, the SHSU Symphony Orchestra (as principal), the TSU Wind Symphony (as principal), the Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra, and the TSU Symphony Orchestra, with whom she toured Europe. In addition to appearances at TMEA Showcases, the CBDNA Southwest Regional Conference, the Texas State Clarinet Fiesta, and the Texas State Clarinet Choir, Bethany currently holds the position of principal clarinet with the Foundry United Methodist Church Band. Her professional affiliations include College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Band Masters, International Clarinet Association, and Tau Beta Sigma Music Sorority.
Director of Operations, East Texas
With a background in jazz, wind ensembles, marching bands, drum and bugle corps, and church bands, Nicholas Fischer’s passion for the success of his students is balanced with a focus on keeping an enjoyable environment. Nicholas studied at Blinn College, performing in the College Wind Ensemble, the Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, and the Junior College All State Band, and he holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Sam Houston State University. His SHSU performance credits include the Symphonic Band, Jazz Lab Band, and the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.
Nicholas’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters, the Association of Texas Small School Bands, and Kappa Kappa Psi Music Fraternity, and he currently performs with the Houston Symphonic Band and the Foundry Methodist Band, in which he serves as principal tuba.
Director of Operations, South Texas
Nick Brown is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in early jazz and plays clarinet and saxophone with the San Antonio-based Dirty River Dixie Band. At a young age, Brown was exposed to multiple styles and forms of music and developed a love for improvisation. After pursuing a classical route for the bulk of his career, Brown pivoted back to jazz upon moving to Austin. Since then, he has performed with the North American Tour of Phantom of the Opera, Selmer’s Arch, and a number of other groups in the Central Texas region. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas and maintains an active performance and teaching schedule throughout the region.
- Rachel Turgoose – Woodwinds, Voice
- Elizabeth Shults – Voice
- Stephanie Hulsey – Flute
- Mika Valenzuela – Oboe
- Dr. Rachel Frederiksen – Basoon
- Bethany Fischer – Clarinet
- Nick Brown – Clarinet
- Chris Beard – Saxophone
- Dr. Seth Carper – Saxophone
- Danny Maldonado – Trumpet
- Curtis Simmons – Horn
- Ulrican Williams – Low Brass
- Nicholas Fischer – Low Brass
- Curtis McHenry – Tuba
- TJ Goss – Percussion
- Daniel Dufour – Percussion
- Alex Browne – Strings
- Dani Kerwood – Guitar
- Yerim Rhee – Piano Accompaniment
- Hyunjin Wang – Piano Accompaniment