Dr. Veronica Salinas, Assistant Professor of Orchestral Studies
Violist and conductor Dr. Veronica Salinas currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Strings at Texas A&M University in Kingsville and is the Artistic Director and Resident Conductor of the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Corpus Christi, she began her musical studies on violin in the Corpus Christi Independent School District at the age of twelve. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. As an AT&T Chancellor’s Fellow at Texas Tech University, she completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Viola Performance focusing on the mechanical differences of switching from violin to viola. While at Texas Tech, Dr. Salinas was the first violist in the history of the School of Music to ever win the Concerto Competition and performed the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra.
As an orchestral player, Dr. Salinas has played violin in the Corpus Christi Symphony and Victoria Symphony Orchestra; violin and viola in the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra; and viola in Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Arlington Symphony, Garland Symphony Orchestra, and Dallas Live Orchestra.
As a soloist, she has performed violin and viola solos with the Corpus Christi Greater Youth Chamber Orchestra, the Houston Civic Orchestra, the Sam Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Sam Houston Chamber Orchestra, and most recently, with the Texas Tech Viola Choir at the Texas Music Educators Convention in 2012.
As a chamber musician, Dr. Salinas formed the Andolica trio with her brother, cellist, Dr. Adolph Salinas and were invited as the chamber group in residence at the prestigious Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy in 2006.
Dr. Salinas spends much of her time working on music education outreach for the community. While in Lubbock, she was a member of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Educational Quartet and the Texas Tech Graduate String Quartet. These ensembles regularly performed outreach concerts for area schools and organizations. Dr. Salinas was also the Chamber Music Outreach Coordinator at Texas Tech and organized outreach performances for other student groups as well.
Dr. Salinas is passionate about music education and has worked in the Houston area as an orchestra director and private violin/viola teacher and has held positions as Conductor and Artistic Director of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, the Conroe Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Co-Conductor of the Prelude Strings in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has also held a faculty position at Sam Houston State University where she taught string pedagogy and Chamber Orchestra in addition to serving as a clinician and judge for various junior high and high school orchestras across the state.
This page was last updated on: January 24, 2014