Amber lrlbeck, Program Director
Amber joined the Youth Orchestras of Lubbock as Program Director in Sept. of 2016. She was raised in rural West Texas where she was actively engaged in music and band programs. She played many instruments during her high school years, adapting as necessary from season to season in a small school system. Her experience includes: participation in color guard, band major training, marching formation planning/design apprenticeship, and section leadership. Instruments she has experience with include: flute, clarinet, trumpet, bassoon, guitar, assorted drum and accessory percussion instruments — but her instruments of choice are “any keyboard percussion instrument.”
Amber participated in a program for opera/vocal training with Kathleen Duke from a young age and participated for a year in a vocal program offered through WTAMU in Canyon while attending Happy ISD. She was active in her church music program and enjoyed working with the youth group to perform for civic activities at retirement homes, as well as caroling for shut-ins during the holidays.
Amber participated in All-State and All-Region UIL competitions. She was 2nd Chair at All Region 3 out of 3 years and was awarded a silver medal at State Solo and Ensemble Contest while attending Nazareth High School, where she was honored with the John Phillips Sousa Band Award. In the Tulia School District, Amber pursued writing for the stage and songwriting with a group of dedicated youth musicians outside of school. She credits much of her love of music to her father’s “evening guitar pickin'” uncle Delbert’s lovely songs, and the tutelage of vocal coach Kathleen Golden, piano instructor Peggy Bush, church music directors Lynda Lutz Wright and Betty Vars, and band directors Ms. Evelyn Hadley and Mr. Roger Myers, with his assistant band director Trudy Myers.
“I know what a difference teachers and musical instructors can make in a young person’s life — what a difference they made in mine,” she says. “We have a rich history of musical success in this region of the state, and I’m very honored to work with the YOL program. Being able to offer my talents and experience to help this program succeed as it inspires the next generation of West Texas musicians, music educators, performers, and composers, is thoroughly enriching.”
Amber attended Texas Tech University where she took some courses from the School of Music, including music theory. During this time, she gained a strong interest in music technology. TTU did not have a degree program for music technology at the time, so Amber chose to pursue the mass communications field obtaining two full degrees and three minors from the University in 5 years. In the years since her graduation, Amber has worked in multi-media development, publishing, marketing and content engineering. Her experience includes production for audio/video, animation, gaming and website/internet deployment.