TODA Member At Large

Creston Herron is the Director of Orchestras at Klein High School in Klein, TX. Prior to Klein, he was the Director of Orchestras at YES Prep Public Schools (Houston, TX). His groups have enjoyed the success of consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards, first division ratings and “best in class” awards at festivals across the country. Under his direction, the Klein chamber orchestra and symphony orchestra have consistently placed in the finals of the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association Honor Orchestra Competition. In 2017, the Klein Chamber Orchestra was recognized as the TMEA String Honor Orchestra. The Klein Chamber and Symphony Orchestras have both been named National Winners of the Mark of Excellence Competition. In 2018, the Klein Chamber Orchestra earned the title of Grand Champions, claiming the coveted Orchestra Cup at the National Orchestra Cup Finals held in New York City.

Mr. Herron is a graduate of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, where he received his Bachelor Degree and Rice University, Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX, where he received his Master Degree on scholarship as a Provost Fellow and a Brown Scholar. During the summer seasons, he serves on the AFA Summer Conservatory faculty as a faculty artist.

As a violinist, he has performed with various orchestras, and organizations around the world.  His orchestral experience includes performances with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, CCM Spoleto festival in Italy, Pasadena Philharmonic, Galveston Symphony, concertmaster of the Eutiner Festspiele Opera in Eutin, Germany, and Houston Latin Philharmonic.

As a conductor, he has participated in master classes with Dr. Clif Evans, Gary Lewis, Larry Livingston, Larry Rachleff and Don Schleicher.

Mr. Herron was recognized in 2017 as the Teacher of the Year at Klein High School and was awarded the 2018 Marjorie Keller Outstanding Young Teacher of the Year Award by the State Board of the Texas Chapter of The American String Teacher’s Association.  The Houston Symphony awarded Mr. Herron with the Spec’s Charitable Award for Excellence in Music Education.

He is a proud member of the Texas Music Educators Association, American String Teachers Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association and the Texas Orchestra Directors Association.

In addition to teaching and performing, Mr. Herron is an active clinician and adjudicator, giving numerous professional development workshops and clinics with many orchestras and school districts across the state as well as conducting all-region orchestras, all-state orchestras, judging UIL competitions and solo and ensembles contests. 

Mr. Herron currently lives in Tomball, TX with his wife Dawn and daughter Eloise.