CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray


What does a piano sound like underwater? Can the piano imitate
fish and sea creatures? Find out more in this episode!
featuring SAINT-SAËNS “Aquarium” from Carnival of the Animals.


Click the links below for supplemental worksheets and class activities. TEKS objectives are listed below each link.

How Does a Fish Move?
Music: FA.M.K.b.2; FA.M.K.b.4; FA.M.1.b.3; FA.M.1.b.6; FA.M.2.b.3; FA.M.2.b.6

Interview a Composer
Language Arts: 1.13, 2.13, 3.13, 4.13, 5.13; Music: FA.M.1.b.5, FA.M.2.b.5, FA.M.3.b.5, FA.M.4.b.5, FA.M.5.b.5

Composer Biography: Camille Saint-Saëns



Buddy Bray is co-author of the Cliburn in the Classroom programs and has been hosting the presentations in schools for over 17 years, and he says it is the most enjoyable work he does.

When he is not in the schools talking about music, Buddy serves as artistic director of the Cliburn at the Modern series and is the principal keyboardist for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He also hosts the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s pre-concert discussion series, where he does much the same thing as in the schools—he tries to make his audience comfortable with the music they will hear, and he does it with a spirit of discovery and fun.

Buddy comes from a family of teachers, and he is glad to be carrying on the family tradition.


Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Sara Doan began studying piano at the age of 3 with Donna Edwards. Under her tutelage, Sara won top prizes in several state and regional competitions. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in piano performance at the University of North Texas, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at TCU. Ms. Doan has has presented recitals across Texas, and in Oklahoma, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C, and has worked with a number of orchestras in the DFW area.

A dedicated music educator, Sara has served as collaborative pianist-in-residence at Southeastern Oklahoma State and adjunct professor of piano at the University of North Texas. She maintains a large, active private piano studio in the DFW area and is an adjunct professor at Tarrant County College Northwest Campus. Sara also presents lectures and educational programs through the Cliburn, Fort Worth Music Fund, and the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth.



Jonathan Tsay began his piano studies at age 5 and has since developed a wide-ranging artistic career. A professor of piano at the University of Memphis, he also serves as artistic director of Ensemble75, a chamber music series in Dallas, and hosts the “Between the Barlines” podcast, which explores the lives of people in classical music. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Taiwan, Canada, and across the United States.

Jonathan serves as head of piano at the Chloé Trevor Music Academy and has been invited to judge many music competitions. He earned degrees from SMU and l’Université de Montréal, and in his spare time enjoys playing football and watching cartoons.


Artina McCain, has a built a three-fold career as a performer, educator and speaker, performing with many of the country’s greatest symphony orchestras and as a soloist in recital halls throughout the world. She has served on the faculty of numerous summer festivals including the Austin Chamber Music Festival, the Illinois Summer Youth Music, the Gateways Music Festival in Rochester, NY, and the Walled City Music International Piano Festival and Competition in Ireland. McCain graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University. She received her Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music and holds a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin.


Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis and Co-Founder/Director of the Memphis International Piano Festival and Competition.