Fine Arts


Paulette Tomlinson 
Director of Fine Arts

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Paulette Tomlinson, Director of Fine Arts, has been teaching music for eleven years in the southern United States. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Furman University and a Master of Music Education degree from the Florida State University College of Music. Her major professors have included Dr. Les Hicken, Professor Cynthia Hopkins, Dr. Patrick Dunnigan, Professor Richard Clary, Dr. Clifford Madsen, and Dr. Alex Jimenez. Mrs. Tomlinson was a member of the national champion Lassiter High School Marching Trojan Band in Marietta, Georgia. 

Mrs. Tomlinson began teaching in Chester County, SC, where she was the director of bands at Great Falls High School. She later taught band and chorus at W. G. Sanders Middle School in Richland County School District One (Columbia, SC), where she authored the district-wide music curriculum. Additionally, she directed numerous related arts concerts, including cross-curricular productions such as musicals and extravaganzas. Mrs. Tomlinson also served the Director of Bands at the Florida State University Schools in Tallahassee, Florida, where the Marching Braves, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Winter Guard consistently received superior ratings at Music Performance Assessments, and students consistently placed in the Florida All-State Bands and the Big Bend All-District Bands. The Symphonic Band and Winter Guard qualified for and earned high ratings at state level assessments for consecutive years. Mrs. Tomlinson has coached many students through successful auditions for honor ensembles and college music admission and scholarships. In 2017, Mrs. Tomlinson was awarded the Florida Bandmasters Association Tom Bishop Award, an award given in recognition of “remarkable positive impact on a band program,” for her work at the Florida State University Schools. Most recently, she served as the Director of Bands at San Augustine Independent School District, where her ensembles earned first division ratings at UIL contests and were well-represented in the All-Region and All-Area bands. She now serves as the Director of Fine Arts for Nacogdoches Independent School District, where she oversees and supports all district music, visual art, theatre, and dance programs. 

Mrs. Tomlinson is an active performer, and has had the honor of playing flute with numerous professional ensembles. She has played with the Tallahassee Winds (Tallahassee, FL), the Poinsett Wind Symphony (Greenville, SC), and performed at the American Bandmasters Association Conference with the Carolinas Wind Orchestra (Rock Hill, SC). Mrs. Tomlinson has performed with the Furman Symphony Orchestra and Furman Singers. In 2008, she performed in Carnegie Hall with the Furman Wind Ensemble. She has been a student leadership coach for band leadership teams around the South. She has served as the coordinator for the Big Bend All-District High School Honor Band (Tallahassee, FL) as well as the host of Solo and Ensemble contest. In 2017, Mrs. Tomlinson conducted a professional string ensemble at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England as part of her graduate degree program. She has done extensive research on mentoring in teaching and conducting, and administers an online mentorship community.

Mrs. Tomlinson is a member of the Texas Music Administrators Conference, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women. She lives in Nacogdoches, TX with her husband, Ben and their beagle, Ellie.


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