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-
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 -
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.
A third generation Arizona native and graduate of ASU, Lew Felton is the Associate Musical Director. Mr. Felton has been with MYS since its inception in 1982, directing Division II from our founding until 2017. He currently serves as conductor of the Debut Orchestra and directs the MYS fiddlers.
Mr. Felton began teaching junior high and elementary orchestra in 1978 in Tempe. Since 2002 he has specialized in elementary music education. Now retired from full time teaching, he spends two days each week teaching at Brinton Elementary School in Mesa.
Recognized as a top string educator in Arizona, his 1987 Fees Middle School orchestra was invited to perform at the Western Division MENC convention. His Brimhall Junior High Orchestra and Wilson Elementary orchestras have both performed at the AMEA Convention.
Bill Bitter is in his thirty-
Mr. Bitter has been active in the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association, serving as Vice President of High School Orchestra Activities, State Concert Festival Chairman, Fall Orchestra Festival Chairman, and Regional Orchestra Chairman. He was a 9 year member of the staff of the National High School Honors Orchestra, sponsored by ASTA WITH NSOA, serving as organizing chairman in 2005.
Mr. Bitter has served as an adjudicator and clinician for festivals throughout the United States. His orchestras have performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and in New York’s world-
Mrs. Bennett is in her twentieth year of teaching with the Gilbert Public Schools. She is the Director of Orchestras at Highland Junior High School and Assistant Orchestra Director at Highland High School. Mrs. Bennett received her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance degrees from Northern Arizona University. She received her Masters Degree in Music Education from Arizona State University.
Her Highland Junior High School 8th grade orchestra has earned Superior ratings at the ABODA Fall Orchestra Festival and the Grand Canyon Junior High Orchestra Festival. This group has also been a featured performing group at the Arizona Music Educators Association Convention in 2000, 2003. 2007, and 2016. Mrs. Bennett has also guest conducted various honor orchestras throughout the state. In 2009, Mrs. Bennett received the O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Music Teaching Award from the Arizona Music Educators Association and in 2015 she received the Arizona ASTA Outstanding Public School Teacher of the Year Award.
Cicely Brazier joined the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in 2014. She grew up in the youth orchestra scene as a member of Tucson Junior Strings and also worked with the East Valley Youth Symphony for three years before joining MYS. Her formal teaching career began in 2008 as a traveling strings teacher for Gilbert Public Schools. She joined Mesa Public Schools in 2012 and has been the Director of Orchestras at Stapley Junior High ever since.
Mrs. Brazier received her Bachelor of Music Education from Arizona State University in 2008 and her Masters in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education in 2012.
As a violist, Mrs. Brazier has performed with several local ensembles in the valley, including Chandler Symphony as well as the Southwest Youth Ballet. She has presented sessions about teaching music at the Arizona Music Educators Association Conference as well as the American String Teachers Association National Conference. She has also served as Secretary of the Arizona Music Educators Association.
Jeff Quamo is currently in his 19th year of teaching and his 6th year at Mesa High School, as well as adjunct faculty as clarinet instructor at Mesa Community College.
Dr. Quamo completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance with Dr. Robert Spring at Arizona State University. Dr. Quamo has had private students go on to pursue musical careers by attending Juilliard, Manes, and Manhattan Preparatory Schools, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Arizona State University; all the while, maintaining an active professional performing career with the Symphony of the Southwest and Cinematic Pop.
Scott Glasser has held his position as Director of Orchestras at Marcos de Niza High School since 2012. Honored by the Tempe Diablos, he received the “Outstanding New Teacher of the Year” Award in March 2013. Previous to his employment in the Tempe Union High School District and relocating to the Phoenix area, Mr. Glasser held the position of Director of Orchestras/Strings in the Liberty Central School District in the Catskill Mountains of New York State from September 2007 to June 2012. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate coursework in Music Education at the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Mr. Glasser is passionate about both teaching and performing in his daily life. His orchestras have performed at the Main Plaza of Lincoln Center in New York City, SUNY Fredonia, the United Nations, and the State Capitol Building in Austin, Texas.
Professionally, Mr. Glasser performs regularly as a violinist and vocalist. He is currently 1st Violinist for the Aletheia String Quartet and is an avid karaoke singer. While residing in New York, he was a founding member of the Tessera String Quartet of Middletown and appeared frequently with the Greater Newburgh Symphony, SUNY Orange Community Orchestra, and the Nesin Cultural Arts Faculty Quartet.
Mr. Glasser is excited be a part of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony family and looks forward to working with the Honors Quartet!
Wayne Roederer was the principal force in the founding of MYS. He has served as Musical Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony since its founding in 1982. In 2003 he retired as District String Coordinator for Mesa Public Schools, a position he held for 29 years.
An active music educator, he has conducted numerous clinics and adjudicated orchestra festivals throughout the Western states. Mr. Roederer holds membership in the Music Educators National Conference, Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association, Arizona Music Educators Association, and American String Teachers Association.
The 1983 recipient of the Mesa "Artist of the Year" award, Mr. Roederer was formerly the Musical Director and Conductor of the Mesa Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Mesa Civic Ballet. He was named Arizona-