Teresa Nguyen


Teresa Nguyen has been the orchestra director at Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio for 24 years. She also serves as Department Coordinator for Fine Arts at Clark HS. Clark orchestras have won numerous local awards and national distinction under her direction. Her orchestras also carry many consecutive superior ratings and Sweepstakes honors for UIL orchestra contests. Mrs. Nguyen frequently serves as a mentor for student teachers who are future music educators, and is involved with community programs such as the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio.. 

Mrs. Nguyen began violin lessons at the age of 10, and decided to learn viola at age 17, earning a chair in the Texas All-State Orchestra that same year. Mrs. Nguyen was also the founder and teacher for her own string project in Mexico, where she taught violin lessons for several years through the Red Cross. She contributes her success as a musician largely to inspiration from fine public school orchestral programs and teachers. 

Mrs. Nguyen has a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and has studied viola privately with Roger Myers and Allyson Dawkins. Along with teaching, she also plays viola for the Corpus Christi Symphony and the Laredo Philharmonic. As a symphony violist she has performed with such esteemed musicians as Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, and Van Cliburn. 

Mrs. Nguyen is frequently invited as a clinician and judge for other orchestra programs in Texas. She is a past President of Mu Omicron, a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. She is the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner for Northside ISD, and a UIL Sponsor of Excellence Award nominee. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Nguyen enjoys sewing, traveling, and spending time with her husband Tom, daughter Elena, and her cat Lollie Thunderpaws.