Welcome to our new directors!

We are excited to announce two new directors who will be joining our team here in the RHS Area Bands!

Matthew Schaul is excited to be joining the staff as Assistant Band Director at Richardson High School. His duties include conducting the Concert Band, assisting with the Golden Eagle Marching Band, and teaching several beginner/intermediate brass classes throughout the RHS Cluster.

Prior to his appointment in Richardson, Mr. Schaul student taught at Haltom High School with Greg Hull and North Oaks Middle School with Tony Smith.

Mr. Schaul holds a Bachelor’s degree of Music Education from Texas Christian University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. During his time at TCU, he served as Drum Major of the Horned Frog Marching Band for two years and conducted at the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl and the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Mr. Schaul performed in the TCU Wind Symphony under the direction of Bobby Francis, the TCU Symphonic Band under Brian Youngblood, and the TCU Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble under Richard Murrow. He also performed with the 2010 and 2011 Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps from Denver, CO, serving as the tuba section leader during the 2011 season.

His professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Amy Icossipentarhos is proud to serve as Assistant Director of Bands at Westwood Junior High School in Richardson, Texas.   Mrs. Icossipentarhos grew up under the tutelage of Rodney Klett at Georgetown High School.   Amy graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, and was a member of the flute studio under Lisa Garner-Santa.  During her academic career at Texas Tech, she performed with the Symphonic and Concert Bands under the direction of Dr. Christopher Anderson and Dr. Keith Dye, while also participating in the Goin’ Band from Raiderland and Court Jesters Basketball Band.

Prior to her appointment at Westwood Junior High School, Mrs. Icossipentarhos served as Associate Director of Bands at both Ted Polk Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD and Hendrick Middle School in Plano ISD.  Bands under her direction have received consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards and other top awards and honors at festivals and contests around the metroplex.

Mrs. Icossipentarhos’ professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educator’s Association and Tau Beta Sigma.  She remains connected to her alma mater and has been on staff with the Texas Tech Band & Orchestra Camp, which is currently in its 78th year of existence, for the past ten years.

Mrs. Icossipentarhos is excited to be working in a school district with such deep tradition and hopes to add to the fabric of the musical cluster.  Amy lives in Frisco with her husband Dimitri.

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