Dr. Naitsabes A. Barreto Perez, CHS Orchestra Director
Naitsabes A. Barreto Perez, the Orchestra Director of Champion High School and Boerne High School, has many years of experience as a violist, orchestra director, and viola and violin teacher. Dr. Barreto Perez earned her Doctorate in Educational Management and Leadership (Ed. D.) from the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico. She has a Master of Music degree from the University of Akron in Ohio and a Bachelor of Music from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.
Upon finishing her doctoral studies, Dr. Barreto Perez became the Assistant Orchestra Director at Dorothea Brown Middle School in McAllen ISD. Prior to that position, she taught viola and violin and was the Orchestra Director at the Fine Art School Ernesto Ramos Antonini in Puerto Rico for seven years. She was a Music Professor at the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico and the Antillean Adventist University, where she taught Music Appreciation, Strings Pedagogy, Chamber Orchestra, Viola, and Violin.
While doing her Master and Bachelor degrees, Dr. Barreto Perez participated in summer music festivals in Puerto Rico, Colorado, and France, and played in regional orchestras in Ohio and Puerto Rico. In addition, she wrote articles for a local newspaper in Puerto Rico, has offered lectures in Costa Rica about the findings of her doctoral dissertation, and has attended the Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) conference. Dr. Barreto Perez is an active member of Texas Orchestra Directors Association (TODA) and Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).
Briana Reitenga, BMSS Orchestra Director
Ms. Reitenga is the Orchestra Director at Boerne Middle School South. This is her second year with Boerne ISD. Before moving to Boerne, Ms. Reitenga taught in Plano ISD. Ms. Reitenga earned her Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS, and her Master's Degree in Violin Performance from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She has spent many years as a professional violinist and violist, private instructor of violin and viola, and public school orchestra director. She has been playing the violin for 28 years. While in school, Ms. Reitenga was a member of the Bethany Piano Trio, the Bethany College Oratorio Society, the Ball State Graduate Piano Trio, the Ball State New Music Ensemble, and the Ball State Pocket Opera, to name a few. She has served in leadership positions as section leader or concertmaster in many of the orchestras she has worked for. Ms. Reitenga has extensive performing and recording experience in all genres of music. Her violin playing has also been featured in an Emmy award winning documentary about black baseball in Indiana.
When Ms. Reitenga is not practicing, performing, or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her two kitties, playing board games, and reading.