Texas Strings® was founded to fulfill the need in South Central Texas for credentialed, seasoned teachers and performers working within a quality-conscious music school that:
1. Instructs all ages,
2. Provides instruction in multiple methodologies, and
3. Openly mentors those interested in pursuing a variety of musical styles to fulfill a wide range of diverse goals and ambitions that ultimately inspire others.
4. Provides quality, affordable stringed instruments for our students and high quality performance instruments for our professional customers;a complete line of Violins, Violas, Cellos and Guitars. My name is Angela DeVeau Wright, founder of
Texas Strings® and I am honored to have the opportunity to be a positive influence for those who seek to both expand their musical potential and to enjoy the recreational benefits that music provides.
I believe that music endeavors, when properly supported and pursued, can grow to be an enduring skill that is easily learned and enjoyed throughout ones’ life time. Noteworthy is the fact that there is significant scientific evidence to substantiate the unique and positive effect music has on brain function and development. Furthermore, music can be instrumental for enhancing a student’s ability to retain and apply essential academic knowledge covering a wide variety of subjects, especially in language, math, and surprisingly to some, even athletics. My background includes many years as a professional performer and teacher who earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Certification as a Suzuki instructor at the University of Memphis. U of M was one of the first Universities to embrace the Suzuki® Method and to establish the vibrant Memphis Suzuki Institute, a community program for Suzuki music instruction that still thrives today with more than 300 students. If you are interested in the Suzuki method and pedagogy, please browse to our sister website at www.SimplySuzuki.com for more information.
Professionally, I have had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with an orchestral backdrop, to serve as concertmistress, and to be an integral part of a musical team for recording artists and independent record production companies for recording acoustic strings on masters for multiple commercial record releases.
One of the more recognizable record companies includes Stax Records in Memphis, home of Sam and Dave, Booker T. & the MGs, The Staple Singers, Otis Redding, Issac Hayes, David Porter and others. Other recording sessions in Memphis area studios included American Sound Studios where Elvis’ MEMPHIS Album was recorded as well as B.J. Thomas’ “Hooked on a Feeling” and many, many other top 100 charted singles were recorded. Also, Papa Willie Mitchell’s Hi Records and Royal Recording Studios, most known for the artistry of Al Green. In short, there have been many recording sessions logged with my Musician’s Union card, much to the thanks of many musicians and music business professionals whom I respect and admire. In the 70’s, Memphis truly rocked! I have performed live in various capacities as well, including Broadway musicals, traditional classical concerts, and contemporary stage shows.
Multiple times I have performed the Fiddler character in productions of "Fiddler on the Roof" for multiple live performance companies. I have performed as a violinist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra the Memphis Opera Company, and the Germantown Symphony Orchestra while residing in Memphis, Tennessee.
Regarding other commercial music venues, Smokey Robinson, Cybill Shepherd, Robert Goulet, Patti Labelle, are some of the familiar names of artists for which I have had the pleasure of performing live commercial concerts with.
While Texas Strings® is primarily focused on music education and the development of music skills, many of our teaching staff also have outstanding associations and experiences to draw from. Without a doubt they do compare with my own experiences and accomplishments, We are proud of each instructor within our organization. In the areas of music education, composition, performing, recording, music publishing, production, promotion, and artist development our collective experiences go deep into practically every facet of music and the business of music.
My desire is to help bring beauty through music to my sphere of influence in South Central Texas and beyond. It is with zeal and joy that I both teach and perform music in the multi-cultural melting pot that is my native home of San Antonio, Texas where I was born and grew up. From my early beginnings at Thomas Jefferson High School and taking lessons from well known local teachers such as Dominick Saltarelli, Barbara Halbardier, and Louis Kottler, to my present role with Texas Strings®, I have much to thank God for who has put me in the realm of music. Performing contemporary praise and worship music with dynamic praise groups is absolutely a vital part of sharing my talents and giving thanks to the One who gives abundantly.
All of us at Texas Strings® look forward to meeting you. Our expanding list of accomplished musicians welcomes you. Together we can pursue and fulfill your vision for becoming a better musician by developing skillful music from the heart.
Angela Wright, BME, MA, PhD