Clarinetist Luis Corpus is a native of the Rio Grande Valley. He is a sought-after performer and educator in Austin and surrounding communities. He currently holds the position as Associate Band Director for Paredes Middle School in Austin, TX. Luis received his Bachelor of Music degree at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX where he studied with international award-winning clarinetist Dr. Vanguel Tangarov. Luis furthered his education, receiving a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance at the University of Texas at Austin under the tutelage of virtuoso clarinetist, Professor Jonathan Gunn. Luis has performed with numerous ensembles including the University of Texas Wind Ensemble under the direction of Maestro Jerry Junkin. At the University of Texas, Luis also performed with outstanding chamber ensembles. Before his time at The University of Texas, Luis Corpus appeared in concerts serving as principal clarinetist for the Texas State Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Caroline Beatty, the Texas State Symphony Orchestra, the Texas State Opera, the Texas State Clarinet Choir, and the Texas State Bobcat Marching Band. Among his repertoire, he performed with the Mary Hardin Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Texas Symphony and The Common Experience: a Fine Arts Collaboration between Texas State University and Julliard School of Music. Luis has participated in masterclasses with artists including Andrew Marriner (London Symphony Orchestra), Jon Guist (University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley), Michael Norsworthy (Boston Conservatory), Charles Neidich (Juilliard School of Music), Andre Mason (Montreal Symphony), Philippe Cuper (National Opera House in Paris), Boris Allakhverdyan (Metropolitan Opera), David Hould (American Ballet Orchestra, NY), Mitchell Estrin (University of Florida) , Shannon Scott (Washington State University), Gary Whitman (Texas Christian University) , and Ted Lane (University of Texas Pan-American now University Texas at Rio Grande Valley), Dr. Nancy Kingsanders (Texas A&M-Kingsville), and Stephen Girko (Austin Symphony Orchestra). Luis also studied cello with Dr. Rebecca Tast and violin with Dr. Lynn Ledbetter at Texas State University. Luis has also studied string pedagogy under the mentorship of Dr. Rebecca Tast. In the summer of 2016, Luis was accepted and attended the “Balabanov’s House Music Days International Festival” in Plovdiv, Bulgaria where he studied with some of the top performing clarinetists around the world including Philippe Cuper, Vanguel Tangarov, Petko Radev, and Ilian Iliev. Mr. Corpus directed the beginner elementary ensemble class for the Texas State String Project for four years, directed by Dr. Ames Asbell and master teacher Dr. Karla Hamelin. Mr. Corpus also taught at Startzville Elementary School with the Startzville Violin Program.He taught at Hendrickson High School as the woodwind instructor, Akins High School as the clarinet instructor/woodwind specialist, and Weiss High School as the clarinet instructor.
Mr. Corpus directs the Paredes MS Symphonic Band, beginning Flute, Clarinet, and trombone classes.