The orchestra program at LASA/LBJ consists of over 100 string students that meet as five different performing ensembles. Orchestra at LASA/LBJ provide learning and performing opportunities for students of all levels. Not only do students in the orchestras play challenging and exciting music together, but they also form unforgettable bonds and memories.
Luzvic Backstrom is originally from Valencia, Venezuela. She studied music at an early age and eventually studied double bass with Mr. Javier Picon at the Conservatorium of Carabobo, and later at "El Sistema" in Venezuela. She played for the Youth Symphony Orchestra, Carabobo's Bolivariana Symphonic Orchestra, and the Symphonic Band, "24 de Julio". She was a performer in the Latin American Academy of Double Bass. She has performed with amazing players such as Nardia Salermo, Renee Fleming, and Francois Rabbath. Mrs. Backstrom has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her previous teaching experiences include middle and high school orchestra in Hattiesburg Public Schools, as well as Austin. She is working on her National Board Certification, is a guest conductor of several ensembles around Texas, and is the orchestra director at LBJ High School.
Andrew Corral began playing the violin at the age of 10 in San Antonio where he studied with the principal 2nd violinist, Mary Ellen Goree, of the San Antonio Symphony. After graduating from Communication Arts High School, he attended the University of Texas at Austin on scholarship for violin performance where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees under the tutelage of Brian Lewis. Andrew participated in the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado in the summers of 2012 and 2013 and has since played with orchestras around the country including the New World Symphony in Miami, the Phoenix Symphony, the Crested Butte Music Festival orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, the Waco Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Austin Lyric Opera, and the Dallas Chamber Symphony. Andrew also enjoys playing in the Arcustico Trio with his wife, cellist Dr. Rylie Harrod-Corral and pianist, Dr. Carlos Quesada. Andrew maintains a small violin studio and was an active chamber music coach for CHAMPS (Chamber Music in the Public Schools) before accepting his position at LASA. He recently worked with the honors ensemble at the Young Artist division at the Texas Strings Festival in 2019.
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