CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray


Did you know the violin is sometimes called a fiddle? In this episode, join Buddy and guest violinist Tessa Lark to learn more about the versatile violin and hear some fun fiddle tunes!
featuring LARK Le SOKA
O’CONNOR Emily’s Reel


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

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; 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

The String Family
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

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: Tessa Lark

Composer Biography: Mark O’Connor




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.


Grammy®-nominated violinist Tessa Lark is a budding superstar in the realm of classical music, as well as a highly-acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky. Performances have taken her to the most prestigious venues and musical festivals around the world.

Tessa’s belief in using music to foster global connections and community across boundaries manifests in her genre-defying collaborations with other string players, composers, and a jazz guitarist. She is also the co-host and creative director for NPR’s From the Top, a program dedicated to showcasing young and influential classical musicians.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory and The Julliard School, Ms. Lark has won top prizes at a number of string competitions and has been awarded several artistic fellowships and career grants. She plays a 1600 G. P. Maggini violin on loan from an anonymous donor through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.