COBB ORCHESTRA DIRECTORS

Nigel Hosein

Mr. Hosein is in his first year as the Director of Orchestras at Cobb Middle School and his eighth year teaching overall.  Prior, he was the assistant orchestra director at Wunderlich Intermediate School in Houston, TX, for five years and orchestra director at Truitt Middle School inCypress, TX, for two years.  While at Wunderlich, the Full Orchestra was recognized as a TMEA Honor Orchestra Finalist, ranking fourth overall.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from Sam Houston State University.  While in college, he was able to travel the world with the Orchestra, visiting China, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.  In 2008, he and his string quartet were instrumental in piloting the Orchestra program for the Imagina Children’s Foundation in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.  In 2009, he was the head director of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra where he led orchestra rehearsals and taught private lessons for all string instruments.

Mr. Hosein currently resides in Lewisville and enjoys cooking for friends and family.

email Mr. Hosein: hoseinn@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.