About the Jasper Orchestra Program

The Jasper High School Orchestra is proud to be recognized as one of the most accomplished orchestra programs in America. Jasper is a grade 9 and 10 campus in Plano, TX, a Dallas suburb. Their orchestra currently serves over 200 students in five orchestras. Since its inception in 1996, Jasper’s Legacy Orchestra has regularly ranked as one of the top five string orchestras in Texas, despite competing alongside high schools that fill their orchestras with 9th through 12th graders. And in 2014, the Jasper Symphony Orchestra was named TMEA Honor Full Orchestra, or first place in Texas. Jasper’s orchestras have also repeatedly earned top commendation at UIL competition and festival competitions across Texas. Listen to all 5 orchestras through the “Media” tab in the navigation bar.

Jasper feeds Plano West Senior High School, repeat winner of the TMEA Honor String Orchestra competition, and it is fed by Rice and Robinson Middle Schools, also both winners of the middle school TMEA Honor Orchestra competitions.
Dr. Deborah Perkins led Jasper’s first orchestra, followed by Mary Havenstrite (currently at Robinson MS). In the 2000s, Julianne Booth, assisted at various times by Janet Paderewski Lattanzi, Monika Bartley, Mauri Overly, and Amy Gross, advanced the program to its current level of maturity. Following an interim year under the leadership of retired director Ruth Kurtis, the 2009 Texas Orchestra Director of the Year, the program was led by Ryan Ross for three years, who is now Director of Orchestras at Plano West Senior High. Today the Jasper Orchestra program is under the direction of Matthew Moreno with Assistant Director Brad Davis.

Vertical Staff

  • Ryan Ross : Orchestra Director, Plano West Senior High
  • Matthew Moreno : Orchestra Director, Jasper High School
  • Amy Gross : Assistant Director, Plano West Senior High
  • Brad Davis : Assistant Director, Jasper HS / Clark HS
  • Barbara Fox : Orchestra Director, Rice Middle School
  • Mary Havenstrite : Orchestra Director, Robinson Middle School
  • Emily Grosshans : Assistant Director, Rice Middle School
  • Liza Nations : Assistant Director, Robinson MS / Hendrick MS

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2018 TMEA All-State Results

This past weekend, judging was held for the TMEA Texas All-State Orchestra- Area Competition and the official results have been released. We are happy to announce that Jasper had 10 students who earned this title!

All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. 1,600 students are selected through a process that begins with over 65,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 31 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other Regions in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. These All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the annual state TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances before thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close.


Andrew Wong

Vivian Zhang- 2nd Alternate


Jacqueline Liu *Ranked 5th overall

Andrew Yu


Bryan Han *Ranked 5th overall

Eddie Xu *Ranked 7th overall

Joscie Palen


Kevin Meng *Ranked 6th overall

Alexandra Nepomnyashy

Jonathan Vasilyev


Angela Yi *Ranked 2nd overall

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