CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray


How low can you go? Meet one of the lowest instruments in the orchestra and hear two fun performances in this holiday episode. Get ready to snap along!
featuring SAINT-SÄENS “Elephants” from Carnival of the Animals
MARKS “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”


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

What Do You Hear?
Music: FA.M.1.b.6, FA.M.2.b.6, FA.M.3.b.6, FA.M.4.b.6, FA.M.5.b.6; FA.M.1.b.1, FA.M.2.b.1, FA.M.3.b.1, FA.M.4.b.1, FA.M.5.b.1
Language Arts: 1.7, 2.7, 3.7, 4.7, 5.7

The String Family
Music: FA.M.1.b.6, FA.M.2.b.6, FA.M.3.b.6, FA.M.4.b.6, FA.M.5.b.6; FA.M.1.b.1, FA.M.2.b.1, FA.M.3.b.1, FA.M.4.b.1, FA.M.5.b.1

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-Säens



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.


Soprano Corrie Donovan loves working with children through music and is excited to begin her eighth year with the Cliburn’s education programs. She was also the host for the first Cliburn Junior Competition in 2015 and teaches private voice through Northwest ISD.

Outside the classroom, Corrie enjoys a busy performance career, both in Texas and abroad; highlights include vocal workshops with Cirque du Soleil and a performance invitation from the former president of Mexico. Also an active musical arranger, she enjoys reimagining classical favorites and creating intimate concert experiences, taking her audiences on a journey to make meaningful connections with music.


Brian Perry is the newest member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra double bass section. Prior to his appointment in 2013, he was a member of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for 9 years. He has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, and often performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. An active collaborator, Brian has been a guest artist with pianist Buddy Bray for the Cliburn in the Classroom series, and has performed locally on the Spectrum Chamber Music, Fine Arts Chamber Players and Cliburn at the Modern series, among others.

Brian earned his music degrees from Boston University and the University of North Texas. In addition to playing regularly with the DSO, Brian is also an adjunct professor of double bass at the SMU Meadows School of Music. Committed to educating and mentoring young musicians, he has presented masterclasses for the International Society of Bassists convention and the TCU Bass Fest, and since 2010 has been the double bass instructor at the highly-acclaimed Boston University Tanglewood Institute, one of the nation’s premier summer orchestral training programs for high-school students.

Brian currently resides in Fort Worth with his wife Kathryn, a Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra violinist, and their two daughters.