Karina Flores Lindsey is a native of Houston, Texas where she began her musical career at the age of 12. Karina played with the Stratford High School Orchestra and traveled to Austria, Germany, Mississippi, Georgia, Galveston, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. The Stratford Symphony was nominated Honor Orchestra in 1997, and was invited to perform at the Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio, TX in 1998. Her dedication awarded her 4 years as a member of the All-Region Symphony from 9th-12th grade and a two year membership of the All-State Symphony.
Karina earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas, where she performed with the Symphony under the direction of Anshel Brusilov, and further her studies of the viola with Susan Dubois. She then earned her Master's in Education Administration from Concordia University at Austin.
Karina has been teaching Orchestra in Frisco ISD for 10 years and currently working on her 11th for the 2016-2017 school year. She is currently the head director at Fowler Middle School, where she has been teaching since the school opened in August of 2007. With an enrollment of over 250 students, Fowler Middle School’s Orchestra is one of the largest in Frisco ISD. The Orchestra has been awarded the highest ratings at UIL & Sight-Reading Contest, Sandy Lake Festival, and Peak Music Festival. In the summer of 2011 the Advanced Symphonic group was placed 5th in the TMEA Middle School Honor Orchestra Competition for the State of Texas. In the summer of 2012 the Advanced Symphonic Orchestra placed as finalist once again, however won the title of TMEA MS Honor Full Orchestra for 2013. The Advance Symphonic Orchestra was named THE 2014 TMEA MS HONOR ORCHESTRA and performed in San Antonio in February 2014.
The Fowler Orchestra continues to remain in the top 8 in the State of Texas each year.
Karina has worked with various music organizations such as the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra (DAAYO) and the Frisco Elementary Strings (FES). Karina has judged Solo & Ensemble contests for neighboring districts, and was served as the guest clinician for All-Region 20 and All-Region 22. She also served as a clinician for the McKinney All City Orchestra. In February of 2012, Karina was awarded the Marjorie Keller Outstanding Young Music Educator Award from the American String Teachers Association, Texas (TexAsta). Karina is the founder of the Frisco Elementary Strings Camp which has been opened since 2006. Karina is happily married and continues to share her love of music with the students that come to be part of the Fowler Middle School Orchestra. She and her husband are happily married and enjoy spending time with their 6 year old, Matias, 3 year old Dominic, and 4 months old Sebastian.
Favorites: color- black, white, grey, teal, and pink (to wear) bands/artists- All Music! Bjork, Debussy, Kings of Leon, Dvorak, Beatles, Shostakovich, Radiohead, Tori Amos, Brahms, Louis Armstrong, Mahler, The A.M. Feist, Vampire Weekend, Jeff Buckley, Portishead, Beethoven, All of the Requiems, and more! drink- water is always the best drink.
favorite gifts- Gift cards! NO CHOCOLATE PLEASE, I am always on a diet :) Favorite stores: Target (woohoo!!!)
animal- horses and giraffes and monkeys food- Einstein Bagels, Asian Food, and Mexican Food
Mrs. Haeryun Kim Assistant Director, FMS
Mrs. Kim began studying piano at a young age of five in South Korea. She started playing the violin in 7th grade when her family moved to the US. She knew very little English and started her orchestral career in the back of 2nd violin section but by the beginning of 8th grade, she never lost concertmaster position in top orchestras all throughout high school at Union High School in Tulsa, OK. She often won concertmaster position in All-Region orchestra, All-State orchestra, Tulsa Youth Symphony, Oklahoma Summer Art Institute and Arkansas Regional Chamber Music Festival. In 2000, she won 1st place in Young Artist Concerto Competition in Tulsa, Ok.
Mrs. Kim attended Southern Methodist University on a full scholarship, receiving Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. This is her 7th year of teaching orchestra and her 1st year at Fowler MS. Prior to becoming an orchestra director, she performed with various ensembles in DFW, including Irving Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, and Lyric Stage, and had successful private studio consisting of students from Highland Park ISD and Plano ISD.
Mrs. Kim is happily married and is a mother of two adorable girls, Shiloh (9) and Skylar (7).
Favorites: Color: light blue, teal, purple, black Music: all music, especially Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, John Legend, India Arie, Mahler, Dvorak and J. S. Bach. Favorite Gifts: gift cards
Yumiko Endo Schlaffer has been steadily gaining a reputation as a masterful artist ever since her impressive American debut recital in May 2000 at the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, shortly after completing her Masters degree from the Juilliard School. She has been a recipient of numerous awards, including First Prizes in the Japan International Harp Competition -in both Young and Advanced divisions. Ms. Endo Schlaffer is one of the most distinguished harpists in her native Japan, and she was honored with the opportunity to perform at the Imperial Palace for Her Majesty the Empress and Her Royal Highnesses. In 2004 and 2006, she gave her major solo recital in Tokyo to a sold out audience, and was soon after invited to perform as a soloist with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Her recent engagements include a performance of Mozart Flute and Harp concerto with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, playing with Mathieu Dufour, principal flutist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and an appearance as soloist with Irving Symphony, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Basically Beethoven Festival in Dallas, Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Wartburg Symphony, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, and New World Symphony.
Yumiko has given numerous solo and chamber music performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including such renowned venues as Alice Tully Hall in New York and Orchestra Hall at the Symphony Center in Chicago. As a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble, she performed many world and U.S. premiers of contemporary chamber works at Alice Tully Hall, Juilliard Theatre, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
She is also an accomplished orchestral harpist, she has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, as well as Dallas Symphony Orchestra. From 2001 through 2004, she served as the principal harpist of the New World Symphony Orchestra, where she was featured as a concerto soloist in 2002 and 2004.
Ms. Endo Schlaffer began her musical training at the age of three and learned musical theory and Piano. While taking lessons with Ayako Shinozaki, she received her Bachelors degree from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She also studied extensively throughout Europe with world renowned teachers such as Marie-Claire Jamet and Isabelle Moretti of France, and Marisa Robles of England. Ms. Endo Schlaffer earned her Masters degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Nancy Allen, principal harpist of the New York Philharmonic. She then pursued her further studies with Sarah Bullen, principal harpist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has been serving as a board member of American Harp Society in Dallas since 2007.
Food: Japanese! But also French and Italian
Drink: Water and Perrier
Color: Black and White..and pastels
Bands: Generally Pop music, if not Classical
Fowler Middle School Orchestra 3801 McDermott Rd. Plano, TX 75025 Orchestra Office Phone: 469-633-5074