Welcome to our Forestwood Orchestra! We are excited to have you with us this year.
I look forward to a fun year of musical growth and community involvement with our FMS orchestra students. Orchestra gives students a chance to learn how to play string instruments in a nurturing group environment. Forestwood Orchestras offer concerts, social events, contests, and other opportunities throughout the school year where students showcase their talents and share their gifts with others. Forestwood is very proud of our quality orchestra program and its supportive Booster Club. We are committed to work with parents and students to provide an excellent music education for all of our students.
This is my eighth year at Forestwood, but I have taught orchestra in public schools since 1995. I teach at the DFW WOW Suzuki Institute and the UTA Summer Strings program during summers and have a year round private studio throughout the year.
I grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and began playing the violin in the fifth grade orchestra program in our local public school. Violin studies soon became a lifestyle of practicing, studying with private teachers, performing with orchestras and quartets, judging contests and teaching.
My husband plays bass trombone with the Dallas Symphony and The Sun Valley Symphony. We have two sons, Bryce (18) and Grant (15), who enjoy playing tennis and cello. Music has always been an important part of my family and professional life. It brings joy, enlightens the soul, engages the mind, invites self-expression, develops cooperative learning, and boosts self-esteem.
Assistant Orchestra Director
Molly DeLorenzo is coming into her fourth year as the Assistant Orchestra Director at Forestwood Middle School. She is the low-strings specialist and teaches beginner cello/bass, the intermediate orchestra, and the Pop Rock orchestra. She teaches privately, as well as performs regularly with the McKinney Orchestra. Ms. DeLorenzo received her Bachelor of Music Education from Ithaca College where she had the opportunity to perform with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Colgate University Symphony, and the prestigious Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra as principal chair cellist. She was also a finalist in two consecutive years for the Ithaca College Concerto Competition.
Ms. DeLorenzo is an avid musician as well as a life-long learner. At Ithaca College, Ms. DeLorenzo received a distinguished award in student research for her presentation entitled “The Role of Empathy, Dignity, and Evolution in Effective Classroom Management” at the 2018 Whalen Symposium. She has spent time in Kosovo and Ghana studying and performing the music of the culture and regularly attends conferences held by the Texas Music Educators Association. She is a member of TMEA and TODA, and alumni of the professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon.
Ms. DeLorenzo began playing the cello at the age of five and comes from a teaching family. She loves teaching middle school students because she loves working with their inquisitive minds, and nurturing their budding musical journey. Her favorite part of teaching is watching the students grow as musicians and human beings. When she is not at school, Ms. DeLorenzo likes spending time at home with her lovable corgi, reading, watching reruns of the Office, or eating a really good hamburger.