Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Jose Flores

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Dr. Jose Flores

With Strings Attached
Dr. Jose Flores believes a music education may leave an impression that could incite a lifetime appreciation of the arts. The assistant professor of violin, who came to the Island University in summer 2006 from the University of Arizona, became the University's first full-time strings instructor. Since joining the music faculty, he has helped build the strings program, and as Lichtenstein String Quartet director, he supervises the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi students in the Quartet, which provides free music lessons to more than 60 children at the Joe Garza Recreation Center. Since January 2008 he has been the Corpus Christi Area Youth Orchestra conductor. By working with youth, Flores strives to instill in them a sense of accomplishment, discipline, teamwork and intellect. For his achievements, Flores was presented the 2008 Kiwanis Club of Corpus Christi's "Citizen of the Year" award. Growing up on the Venezuela coast, Flores was exposed to music at an early age. His father played mandolin; his mother sang and wrote children's music. Nowadays, Flores' family life is no different. His wife, Dr. Melissa MelÚndez, is a violist and director of the Suzuki Program at the Early Childhood Development Center. Both are founding members of the Islander String Quartet and play in the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. Their sons are also steeped in the tradition. Marcel, 8, is an accomplished cellist and Marco, 2, is getting a violin this summer.

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