Region Clinicians 2020 - 2021
William Owens (b. 1963) received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1985 from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. A seasoned music educator, Mr. Owens is active as a composer, conductor, and clinician throughout the United States. Mr. Owens has written numerous commissioned and published works for middle school and high school concert bands. His music has been programmed at prestigious venues such as the Midwest Clinic and appears on required music lists both nationally and abroad. Principal commissions include those from the California Band Directors Association, the Chicago Public Schools Bureau of Cultural Arts, and the Texas University Interscholastic League. He is a winner of the ASCAPlus award and a two-time recipient of the Forrest L. Buchtel Citation for Excellence in Band Composition. Professional memberships include ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, and Texas MEA. Mr. Owens resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife Georgia.
Visit William's website: www.williamowensmusic.com
Carol Brittin Chambers (b. 1970, Lubbock, Tx.) is an American composer, educator and arranger.
Ms. Chambers received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Tech University and a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from Northwestern University. She studied under Vincent Cichowicz, Will Strieder, John Paynter, Arnold Jacobs, and James Sudduth.
Chambers is the owner and composer of Aspenwood Music, where she is commissioned each year to compose and arrange works for concert band, marching band, and various other ensembles, as well as The Crossmen Drum Corps. In addition to marching music, Chambers also enjoys writing works for concert band, solo instruments, and small ensembles. She was most recently named the winner of the 2019 WBDI (Women Band Directors International) Composition Competition.
She is currently on the music faculty at Texas Lutheran University where she teaches trumpet and music education. In addition to writing and teaching, she also maintains an active performance schedule, including appearances with the Mid-Texas and San Antonio Symphonies, as well as the San Antonio Brass.
Before coming to TLU, Chambers taught band for many years in the North East Independent School District, in San Antonio, Texas. She was an assistant band director at Ed White Middle School, Lee High School, and Bush Middle School. She also taught private lessons in NEISD.
Amy Allison-Rivera is in her 24rd year of teaching and her 22st year in Leander ISD. Since the opening of the school in 2004, Mrs. Allison-Rivera has been the head band director at Canyon Ridge Middle School. Under her direction the CRMS Band Program has had great success. The CRMS Band Program was recently named by TBA as the Exemplary Band Program of the Year for 2021 and was awarded the Silver Sudler Cup from the John Philip Sousa Foundation in December of 2017. The Honor Band performed at the TMEA Convention in 2021 as an Invited Band and performed at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December 0f 2014. Ms. Allison brought the Honor Band to the TBA Convention in 2015 to give a demonstration clinic on rehearsal strategies and practice techniques. The band program placed tenth at the state level of the CC Honor Band competition in 2006 and has been named a National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors through the Foundation for Music Education for the past several years. Throughout her teaching career, her bands have consistently received sweepstakes ratings at the Texas UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest.
Before her time at Canyon Ridge, Mrs. Allison-Rivera taught at Cedar Park Middle School, Leander Middle School, and at DeSoto West Junior High. She was selected as the First Year Teacher of the Year for DeSoto ISD in 1998.
Mrs. Allison-Rivera received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. She performed as the piccolo player with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania before pursuing her career in teaching and is currently the piccolo player for the Cedar Park Winds. Mrs. Allison-Rivera is a regular clinician throughout the state of Texas. She was inducted into Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmasters Fraternity, in 2011, and she served as the Region 26 Middle School Coordinator from 2006-2009. She lives in Cedar Park, Texas, with her husband, Bert, and Boston terriers, Penelope and Winston.