Sean Carlton, Director of Orchestras
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Sean Carlton is a cellist and music educator who grew up in Carrollton and Allen, Texas before attending Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas where he received his Bachelors of Music Degree in Music Education in 2012. While at Hardin-Simmons, Sean received several individual accolades and awards, including being a guest artist at the 2012 Honors and Awards Recital, the performing artist at the 2012 Commencement Ceremonies, and the 2012 Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Preservice Educator of the Year Award.
From 2012-2014, Mr. Carlton was the Director of Orchestras at Madison Middle School in Abilene, Texas. While there, the Madison Orchestras received Superior ratings from every judge in every competition they entered; including Sweepstakes at the 2013 and 2014 UIL competitions, and the Grand Champion Award for the 2013 Spring in the Park Music Festival in Arlington, Texas.
Sean Carlton served as the Assistant Orchestra Director for Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas from 2014-2016. Under his direction, the Camerata and Philharmonic orchestras received sweepstakes awards each year, and Philharmonic combined with Symphonic Orchestra and musicians from the Wind Symphony to receive a sweepstakes award for Full Orchestra in 2016.
In 2016, Sean became the head director of orchestras for Newman Smith High School, and led both the Symphonic String and Symphony Full Orchestras to Sweepstakes awards in the 2017 UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest—this was the 32nd consecutive year that Newman Smith had received this honor. Sean Carlton is currently the head director of orchestras at Newman Smith as well as the fine arts department chair.
Sean lives in Farmers Branch, Texas with his wife Heather and two beautiful daughters Lily (3) and Julia (1).
JeRae Dublin, Assistant Director of Orchestras
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JeRae Dublin is a classical violinist and orchestra teacher from Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s of Music Education Degree in December 2015. During her time at Baylor, she played in professional orchestras such as Waco Symphony and Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. At Baylor, she was a teacher in String Project and also began building her own private violin studio. After graduating, she continued to build her private studio, teach instrumental sectionals and orchestra classes at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.
Prior to graduating, Ms. Dublin student-taught under the leadership of Orchestra Director Jessica Milbrandt at Ted Polk Middle School. Her experience there led her to want to make Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD her permanent home, and she is very eager and excited to be the Assistant Director of Orchestras at Newman Smith High School this year.
“I am incredibly fortunate to work in a field that fulfills my passions. It brightens my day to be a positive figure and have the chance to help cultivate musicians of the future. My aspiration is to be the teacher my students need me to be, teach them in a capacity where they can succeed at the highest level, and continue to learn from them in many years to come.”