Karalee Hagen began her work with Metropolitan Youth Symphony in 2006, as Conductor of Division I. Having taught elementary general music and strings, junior high, and high school orchestra, she has acquired 25+ years of teaching experience. In addition to her teaching, Mrs. Hagen recently accepted the position of Executive Director for MYS.

    Mrs. Hagen received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree in K-12 Vocal and Instrumental music from Kansas State University. She completed her Master’s Degree in Conducting at West Texas A&M University in 1993.

    As a double bassist, Mrs. Hagen performed with orchestras in Kansas, Texas and Arizona, was coordinator and chair of AZ Bass Jam – a workshop for bass students and educators - for 18 years, and served as a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the AZ Bass Players.

    Her ensembles’ successes in Arizona have given her the opportunity to work with numerous elementary, junior high and high school honor groups as a clinician, and as past conductor at the NAU Summer Music Camps. Other contributions to music in the state of Arizona include serving as ABODA Vice President. Currently Mrs. Hagen is the Arizona Music Educators’ Association, President.

KARALEE HAGEN Executive Director Division I Conductor