Deana Johnson, Boerne Charger Orchestra Director
CHS & BMSS (7th & 8th)
Deana Johnson is an accomplished musician in many respects. She earned two Bachelor of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music - one in Performance and one Music Education, and she was also awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate. Upon graduation she moved to Texas where she earned a Master of Music degree at Baylor University and completed her doctoral course work at the University of Texas at Austin.
After college, her performing and teaching career took many paths…from 1987-1992, she was Instructor of Oboe at Southwest Texas State University; she served as Solo English Horn/Assistant Principal Oboe of the San Antonio Symphony from 1995-1997; from 2002-2009, she served as Symphony Conductor for the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio; and from 1997-2010, she taught strings at Rudder Middle School in the Northside I.S.D. Under her direction, the orchestra program doubled in size and enjoyed sweepstake ratings at U.I.L. In 2010, she became the Orchestra Director at John Jay High School and the Science & Engineering Academy where she formed a highly successful “sweepstakes” symphony orchestra program and chartered the John Jay High School Orchestra Guild and the John Jay High School Texas Future Music Educators Chapter. She is a freelance oboist in the San Antonio area serving as Oboe Instructor at St. Mary’s University and the Alamo Colleges, and principal oboist of the Symphony of the Hills (Kerrville), the Mozart Festival Orchestra, Lux Musicae, and the San Antonio Chamber Winds. She and her husband, Philip Johnson of the San Antonio Symphony (violinist), have three children, ages 28, 25, and 18, and one grandson.
Briana Reitenga, Boerne Charger Orchestra Assistant Director
BMSS (6th/JV Orchestra) & BMSN (6th)
830-357-3300 (A days/BMSS) / 830-357-3174 (B days/BMSN)
Briana Reitenga is a violinist and violist from Arizona and Texas. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. She received her Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Before teaching public school, Briana was a professional violinist who performed with numerous symphonies around the country as a section violinist, chamber music artist, and soloist. She still enjoys playing whenever she can find the time and is sought after often for performances on both violin and viola. Briana came from Plano ISD, where she taught for four years as a middle school orchestra director.
Please contact Mrs. Johnson or Ms. Reitenga for a list of private instructors.