Board of Directors

Maestro Glynnes Lanthier, Cypress PhilharmonicGlynnes Lanthier
President and Music Director

Music has always been a focal point in Glynnes Lanthier’s life. Born into a musical family, she followed in the tradition of her mother and grandmother, beginning piano lessons when she was five. Upon entering junior high, she decided to follow in her brother’s footsteps and play the violin. She quickly made the switch to cello, where she has happily stayed ever since.

Ms. Lanthier was active in school orchestras through college. After graduation, she played with the Pasadena Philharmonic, the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and, most recently, the Lake Charles Symphony. In addition to her involvement in orchestra, Ms. Lanthier also sang in school and college choirs and the Houston Symphony Chorus.

2013 marks Ms. Lanthier’s eleventh year teaching music in the public school system and her sixth year teaching in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. She currently directs the award-winning Salyards Middle School orchestras, teaching 120 orchestra students on a daily basis. Since the opening of Salyards Middle School in 2011, the school orchestras have won top local and national honors at UIL, the Galveston Isle Music Festival, the Wonder of the Woods Festival, and the Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence contest.

Ms. Lanthier has studied conducting at the Conductor’s Institute of South Carolina. Past coaches include Dr. Donald Portnoy (Brevard Philharmonic), Peter Jaffe (Stockton Symphony), Maurice Peress (former Assistant Conductor to Leonard Bernstein; currently faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, City University of New York), and Paul Vermel (Northwest Symphony Orchestra).

 

Noel Boggs, Vice PresidentNoel Boggs
Vice President

A native of Ohio, Noel Boggs has always been very active in her church, community, and musical organizations. She frequently traveled with her church in high school, helping to organize mission trips and youth group events. As the band’s principal alto saxophonist, she obtained the highest rankings at every competition. She went on to study Choral Music Education at Bowling Green State University and perform with both the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the University Choral Society.

Mrs. Boggs has entrepreneurship in her blood, having worked as a supervisor in her father’s printing business while helping to start and operate her mother’s bistro. On a typical high school day, she opened the bistro at 4:30 a.m., managed the store until class, then ended the evening at the print shop, where she handled everything from book binding to overseeing new employees.

In 2008, Mrs. Boggs moved to Texas to begin her teaching career. She previously taught in Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, where she helped to open Salyards Middle School in 2011 as the head choir director. Currently, she is the head choir director at Bonnette Junior High in Deer Park Independent School District. She is also pursuing her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

In her free time, Mrs. Boggs mentors neighborhood kids, including her former students from Thornton Middle School, gives Region and All-State clinics for local high school students, and spends time with her husband, Army Specialist J.R. Boggs, and their two children, Ryleigh and Owen.

 

Asmara Bhattacharya, Board Secretary and WebmasterAsmara Bhattacharya
Secretary and Webmaster

Ms. Bhattacharya grudgingly picked up a violin in sixth grade when forced to choose between band, orchestra, and choir and somehow ended up with an enduring passion and a robust career. At various points in said career, she has held Assistant Concertmaster, Principal, or Assistant Principal positions with the Corpus Christi, Galveston, Lake Charles, Victoria, and Rapides Symphony Orchestras.

In her previous professional lives, Ms. Bhattacharya gained valuable business and accounting experience as a sales representative, a scholarship fundraiser, and a law clerk. Since making music her livelihood over ten years ago, she has successfully maintained her own business as a symphony musician, solo performer, contractor, and private lesson teacher. Much of this entrepreneurial success is due to a lifelong affinity for technology, a penchant for Excel and Quicken, and an admittedly Monk-like obsession with detail and organization.

Ms. Bhattacharya currently serves as a substitute violinist with New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Fe Concert Association, and Opera Southwest. Her favorite teaching venue by far is the Hummingbird Music Camp, tucked away in the spectacular Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. She is quite pleased to be able to contribute her particular combination of business, music, and computer skills to the Cypress Philharmonic.

 

Dean Fishburn, Board of DirectorsDean Fishburn
Board Member

Dean Fishburn grew up in Amarillo, Texas, where he started his musical career on the cello in the fourth grade. After graduation, he attended Amarillo Junior College before completing two tours of duty in Vietnam. Subsequently, he attended West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M), where he received his Bachelor of Music Education in 1971.

During his seven-year tenure with the Beaumont Independent School District, Mr. Fishburn led his orchestras to many triumphs. In 1978, they captured the Texas Music Educators Association’s esteemed State High School Honor Orchestra title. He then worked for H&H Music doing orchestral sales in public schools before opening his own store, Fishburn Violin Shop, in Tomball in 2009.

An active contributor in the music education world, Mr. Fishburn is one of the premier clinicians and consultants in the state of Texas. His wife, Cathy, has garnered several State Middle School Honor Orchestra titles and is likewise a highly sought-after clinician and adjudicator. They live in Spring with their beagle, Dolce, and their Chihuahua, Aria.