COBB ORCHESTRA DIRECTORS

Jill Hesson

Mrs. Hesson is the creative force behind the Cobb Orchestra, and we are so fortunate to have such a talented director of the Cobb Middle School Orchestra. A native “buckeye,” Mrs. Hesson started playing piano at age 5 and violin at age 10 in Centerville, Ohio.

While in high school, she began teaching young students and joyfully decided music was the career for her. She received her Bachelors of Music Education from Nyack College, New York, where she studied with Miss Mary Canberg, Julliard graduate and renowned teacher.

Mrs. Hesson is proud of her music heritage and lineage.  Her great, great aunt was Miss Clara Baur, who founded The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1867.  Mrs. Hesson’s grandmother was a graduate of this fine conservatory and passed her love of music along to her daughter, who in turn inspired her own daughter, Ms. Hesson.

Shortly after moving to Texas, Mrs. Hesson began teaching at middle schools in the Frisco ISD.  Previously she taught at Staley and Vandeventer and excited to spend all of her energy and time with the Cobb Orchestras.

Mrs. Hesson has performed professionally in churches, weddings, special events and many years with the South Carolina Philharmonic. Her public and private teaching has crisscrossed the map from Ohio to New York and New Jersey, then south to South Carolina and Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Hesson reside in Frisco and are most proud of their four grown children, all of whom were active orchestra and band members.  Mrs. Hesson takes great delight in her three grandchildren.

email Mrs. Hesson: HessonJ@friscoisd.org

orchestra voice mail: call 469.633.4326

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Jeff Walters

Our Harp Instructor, Mr. Walters, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his degree in Music Theory. He performed in Austin-area hotels, restaurants, orchestras, and at private functions and government events. While in Austin, Mr. Walters became interested in playing jazz on the harp. He started his own jazz trio and was the first-place Grand Prize winner at the Lyon and Healy International Jazz Harp Competition in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Liudmila B. Duston

Mrs. Duston started playing the violin and piano at the age of 9 in her home country, Moldova.  She later learned to play the viola, some cello, wind and folk instruments.

She attended St. Neaga College and G. Musicescu Conservatory in Moldova before moving to the United States to attend Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana to earn three music degrees in the process (performance and pedagogy).  Mrs. Duston has performed solo violin works and has played in a youth orchestra, professional chamber, string and symphony orchestras and many types of chamber groups in the former Soviet Union, Moldova, Europe and the United States.  She has also had the privilege of performing in front of a king and queen, various international dignitaries, and a president of the United States.

Mrs. Duston has taught all levels of students since the mid-1990s.  She has been teaching at Wakeland High School since 2008 in addition to helping Cobb and Griffin Middle Schools.  Under her direction, the Wakeland High School has earned commendable awards while participating in various local, state and national competitions and festivals.

When away from school, Mrs. Duston likes to read, cook, spend time outdoors, go to movies and concerts, spend time at home with family and friends, and travel (although her busy professional schedule prevents her from doing it more frequently).  Additionally, Mrs. Duston loves being part of the string quartet and orchestra at Stonebriar Community Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Duston reside in Frisco and are the proud parents of two handsome sons.