CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray


Buddy and flutist Mehrdad Gholami show us how musicians communicate and work together in an ensemble. How do they start and stop together?
featuring COWELL A Blarneying Bit


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

Musical Teams
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 

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 



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.


Iranian flutist Mehrdad Gholami recently completed his doctoral degree in flute performance at TCU. He has served as principal flute with the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, is a prize winner of several solo and chamber music competitions, and was recipient of Iran’s National Concours of Arts at 18 years old.

From an early age, he played with many contemporary ensembles and worked with Iranian and American composers to premiere over 60 new works. He has appeared in recordings ranging from contemporary classical to world to pop music. Mehrdad is passionate about education; he teaches private lessons in Fort Worth and serves as the coordinator for the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra’s chamber music program.