Lake Travis High School Orchestra
The Lake Travis High School (LTHS) Orchestra program, under the direction of Ms. Anna Macias, is one of the most successful high school orchestras in the Austin area. The program consists of three orchestra sections—Concert, Symphony, and Chamber. Placement in each section is through an audition process. Students of all experience levels in grades 9 through 12 are welcome to participate in this program. Chamber Orchestra features the finest musicians in the LTHS orchestra program. Students in this section explore different genres of music and have advanced musicianship skills in counting, pitch recognition, and sight-reading, as well as theory and ensemble performing.
Students perform in concerts throughout the school year, as well as participate in UIL solo and ensemble, UIL full orchestra, UIL string orchestra, TMEA region events, and selected festivals. The LTHS orchestra has been consistently earning sweepstakes in the UIL string orchestra and the UIL full orchestra programs. Many of our students have earned the outstanding performance award at UIL solo and ensemble as well as earning superior ratings. Students of the LTHS orchestra program were honored as Texas Music Scholars by the Texas Music Educators Association. Several students participate in All-Region Orchestra and All-State Orchestra each year. Students also have the opportunity to join The Lake Travis Fiddlers, a western swing band that performs all over central Texas.
Director of Lake Travis Orchestras
Anna Macias has served as the Director of Orchestras at Lake Travis High School in the Lake Travis ISD since 1996 and has served as a conductor with the Austin Youth Orchestras since 2003. Ms. Macias has served as an organizer for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) High School Region Orchestra since 1999 and is currently serving as TMEA Region 26 Orchestra Division Chair. Since 2002, she has served as a faculty member of the Texas State University Strings Camp. Ms. Macias is affiliated with TMEA, Texas Orchestra Directors Association (TODA), Texas Music Adjudicators Association (TMAA), and Mu Omicron.
In addition to her work with public schools, Ms. Macias maintains a private double bass studio. A graduate of Southwest Texas State University with a degree in Music Education, she has studied Double Bass with Xuang Yuan Lu, David Neubert, and Howard Hudiburg. Ms. Macias has participated in master classes with Gary Karr and attended the Northwestern Bass Camp, hosted by Jeff Bradetich. She has performed with the Balcones Orchestra, the Mid-Texas Symphony, the Abilene Symphony, and the Brazos Valley Symphony. Ms. Macias currently performs with the Temple Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys playing the double bass in musical productions and has performed in several popular shows around Austin during the past decade.