Degrees and Certifications:

UTSA String Project Excellence University of Texas at San Antonio- Bachelors of Music Studies All level EC-12 Music Certification

Mr. Tolliver

Darryl Tolliver is the orchestra director at Nimitz/STEM Middle School. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the fall of 2013. Mr. Tollivers primary instrument is the viola and he studied under the instruction of Allison Dawkins, Emily Watkins Freudigman, Dr. Jennifer Cahill-Clark and Courtney Filner.

Before joining Nimitz as the orchestra director, he worked as a camp councilor, coach and admin for SMI Summer Music Institute at the University of Texas at San Antonio as well as the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop at Humboldt State University in Humboldt, California as a councilor, coach and theory teacher. He also worked as an assistant in the University of Incarnate Word Improvisation Workshop, NISD 5th Grade String instructor, studio recording musician, YOSA Mas mentor teacher and YOSA private instructor/clinician and private lesson instructor. 

He's also an experienced orchestral musician in college, playing with the UTSA Symphony Orchestra, The UTSA Chamber Orchestra, The UTSA Opera Orchestra, Incarnate Word Community Orchestra, San Antonio Mozart Festival Orchestra, The Texas Baroque Ensemble, and San Angelo Symphony. Traveling with the UTSA Symphony Orchestra and performing around Italy and Mexico. 

He continues to perform with the Victoria Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hobbies include sewing, gardening, drawing, rock collecting and reading (historical fiction).




  • Bell Schedule


    My Schedule

    1st period Beginner Orchestra 6th, 7th & 8th grade students (new to playing) 

    2nd period  Honor Orchestra (through audition 3 to 4 years experience)  

    3rd period 6th Grade Advanced Orchestra (students who have had 5th grade strings)   

    4th period 7th grade Concert Orchestra  (2 to 3 years experience)  

    5th Period Conference   

    6th Period off campus 5th Grade Strings

  • Remind Class Codes

    Text the following code for your class to the number 81010:

    Beginner Orchestra @introrch

    Advance 6th Orchestra @6advorch

    Advance 7th Orchestra @orch7adv

    Varsity Orchestra @var78orch