Sapphire Tenerelli, Associate Director of Bands
Sapphire Tenerelli is in her fifth year as the Associate Director of Bands at Maus Middle School. Mrs. Tenerelli is a native of Plano, Texas and graduated from Plano East Senior High and Williams High School. She continued her education at Texas Tech University and graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Trumpet Performance.
During her time at Texas Tech, Mrs. Tenerelli shared the stage with Phillip Smith, Jens Lindemann, Dick Oatts, Arlington Jones, and Stockton Helbing. Her principal teachers include Professor Will Strieder, Dr. Max Matzen, Dr. Sarah McKoin, and Professor Stephen Jones. While at Texas Tech, Mrs. Tenerelli served as the President of the Tech Trumpet Society and trumpet section leader. She was a participating member of the premier jazz and concert ensembles. Mrs. Tenerelli also performed at the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association conference in both 2009 and 2013 as well as the College Band Directors National Association 2011 Southwest conference, where she was a participant in the performance of multiple world premieres. She won the award for Highest Ranked Graduate in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and after receiving her undergraduate degree, Mrs. Tenerelli returned to Texas Tech to complete her Master’s degree in Music Education. She student taught at Evans MS and McKinney HS before graduating with her Master’s degree in Music Education under the direction of renowned music educator, Dr. Keith Dye, in May 2013. She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association. She is recently married and is enjoying married life!
Mrs. Tenerelli teaches the Symphonic Band, teaches the Jazz Band, assists with the Concert Band, assists with the Wind Ensemble, and teaches Beginning Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, and Trombone classes.