Glynnes Lanthier, Music Director and President
Music has always been a focal point in Glynnes Lanthier’s life. 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 Pasadena Philharmonic, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and, most recently, Lake Charles Symphony. Ms. Lanthier also sang in school and college choirs and the Houston Symphony Chorus.
Ms. Lanthier has been teaching music in public schools for over ten years, many of those in Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. She currently directs the award-winning Salyards Middle School orchestras. Since the opening of Salyards in 2011, the school orchestras have won top honors at UIL, the Galveston Isle Music 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).