Conductor and violist Dr. Veronica Salinas Lopez is currently the Assistant Professor of Strings at Texas A&M University in Kingsville and Resident Conductor for the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra. She teaches both violin and viola and holds degrees in both disciplines. Dr. Salinas Lopez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance and a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. She completed her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Viola Performance at Texas Tech University as an AT&T Chancellor’s Fellow. Dr. Salinas Lopez is active as an orchestral player as well and has played violin and viola in the Corpus Christi Symphony, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, the Arlington Symphony, the Garland Symphony Orchestra, and Dallas Live Orchestra. Currently, she serves as Assistant Principal Viola of the Victoria Symphony. Spending much of her time working on music education outreach for the community Dr. Salinas Lopez began the first ever String Project in Kingsville called JAVELINA Strings, where KISD students attend after school classes to learn to play in orchestra. In the past three years she has secured over $65,000 in grant funding to promote music education in Kingsville. She also served as the Region Symphony conductor for several regions in Texas including Region 9, Region, 23, Region 14, and Region 28. Dr. Salinas-Lopez also serves as a clinician for many high schools and junior high schools in South Texas. She has held conducting fellowships at the Los Angeles Conducting Institute in California and with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania. This year’s engagements will take her to San Antonio and McAllen to conduct the High School Symphony Orchestras in these regions.