Mrs. Hesson is the creative force behind the Cobb Orchestra, and we are so fortunate to have such a talented director of the Cobb Middle School Orchestra. A native “buckeye,” Mrs. Hesson started playing piano at age 5 and violin at age 10 in Centerville, Ohio.
While in high school, she began teaching young students and joyfully decided music was the career for her. She received her Bachelors of Music Education from Nyack College, New York, where she studied with Miss Mary Canberg, Julliard graduate and renowned teacher.
Mrs. Hesson is proud of her music heritage and lineage. Her great, great aunt was Miss Clara Baur, who founded The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1867. Mrs. Hesson’s grandmother was a graduate of this fine conservatory and passed her love of music along to her daughter, who in turn inspired her own daughter, Ms. Hesson.
Shortly after moving to Texas, Mrs. Hesson began teaching at middle schools in the Frisco ISD. Previously she taught at Staley and Vandeventer and excited to spend all of her energy and time with the Cobb Orchestras.
Mrs. Hesson has performed professionally in churches, weddings, special events and many years with the South Carolina Philharmonic. Her public and private teaching has crisscrossed the map from Ohio to New York and New Jersey, then south to South Carolina and Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Hesson reside in Frisco and are most proud of their four grown children, all of whom were active orchestra and band members. Mrs. Hesson takes great delight in her three grandchildren.
Our Harp Instructor, Jeff Walters, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his degree in Music Theory. He performed in Austin-area hotels, restaurants, orchestras, and at private functions and government events. While in Austin, Mr. Walters became interested in playing jazz on the harp. He started his own jazz trio and was the first-place Grand Prize winner at the Lyon and Healy International Jazz Harp Competition in Boston, Massachusetts.