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I chose orchestra because I fell in love with music a long time ago but not just music, I love the string instruments and the fact that I get to learn one is the best feeling. I love every moment of it! - Adrian C, violinist
Welcome to

Beck Junior High Orchestra

Katy, Texas
This was filmed at Cinco Lake in Cinco Ranch and in the Beck JH Orchestra Room in December 2020

Beck Orchestra Gives Back!

Supporting Santa Cops 8 yrs and counting!

For the past 18 years during the holiday season, Katy ISD Police Department reaches out to families in need in Katy to provide a wonderful, magical Christmas!  The Santa Cops program gives families reason to celebrate when they would otherwise not have much holiday cheer.
Beck Orchestra has continued supporting the Katy ISD Santa Cops program for its past 8 winter concerts, since Mrs. Nelsen became the head orchestra director.  For our 2020 Winter Concert, Miss Cho and Mrs Nelsen and the Beck Orchestra Families donated new gifts, clothing, toys, etc for children of all ages!  These items supplement the sponsorships of the selected Katy ISD families in need.  
A special thank you to Mrs. Ginny Ebben for delivering the donations!
It's really nice that all of us can come together to create amazing music, be part of a team and contribute to that by learning how to play our instruments :D - Jeydin P, violinist
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Meet the Directors

Barb Nelsen

Barbara Nelsen is currently serving in her eighth year as the Director of Orchestras at Rodger and Ellen Beck Junior High in Katy ISD. 

Earning her Bachelors in Music Education at The University of North Texas, she had the privilege of studying music from the great maestro Ansel Brusilow and cellist Carter Enyeart. Mrs. Nelsen has been actively involved in the music education field in the greater Houston area for over 20 years.  Mrs. Nelsen’s orchestras have consistently earned state and national recognition. Under Mrs. Nelsen’s direction, the Beck Orchestra was prestigiously named 2018 Music For All National Orchestra She is in high-demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Texas. 

Her summers are also filled with music, as a regular faculty member for houston area summer music camps, she is looking forward to returning to AFA to conduct the prelude strings ensemble.  Mrs. Nelsen holds memberships to the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association.

 Though teaching and family keep her quite busy, Mrs. Nelsen is an active cellist and performs locally. She currently resides in Katy with her husband Brett, and two wonderful children, Ethan and Elliott Grace who are also all cellists!

"I have been told that we Nelsens are the von Trapps of cello!"

Aimee Cho

Aimee Cho has been welcomed with open arms into the Beck Orchestra family this year 2020-2021.  She is a native Texan and called Houston home for her entire life! 

Miss Cho graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Texas with a full-ride scholarship as a Terry Scholar.  While at UNT, Miss Cho had the priveledge of studying conducting under the baton of Clay Couturiaux and violin under the mentorship of professor Felix Olshofka. 

Before teaching at Beck JH, Aimee Cho taught for 5 years in Katy ISD at Morton Ranch High School and earned the prestigious award for Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year in 2016!  Currently in her sixth year teaching public school, Miss Cho has been a staple in violin and viola studies in Texas for over ten years! 

In addition to her musical talents, Aimee Cho enjoys spending time outdoors, spending time with family and traveling during non-pandemic times.

"Although my first year at Beck is during a pandemic, I am super excited to be here!"