The MYS staff has put together a week-
Ever wondered how bands jam or people make things up without sheet music? Then take intro to music improvisation. In this class you will learn the basics of how to improvise music on your instrument…no sheet music required!
Music in Motion:
Have you ever been told that you need to move more when you play? Have you ever wondered what that means? Come find out how to play more musically by learning to “dance” while you play!
Yoga for Musicians:
Participants will become familiar with a set of basic yoga poses that can help improve posture and balance, ease tension, and build flexibility. Be sure that the clothing worn to this class will not restrict stretches for the arms or legs.
Would you like to pick up the guitar and actually be able to play something other than just the open strings? Don’t get caught up thinking “I’ll never be able to do that”. Come join us for some picky-
All strings welcome! We’ll have you fiddlin’ within the first 15 minutes. By the end of the week you will be playing fiddle tunes.
Sight Read and Audition Like a Pro:
Have you ever come out of an audition and thought “If only I hadn’t bombed the sight-
The 2017 MYS Summer Music Camp will be held June 26th through the 30th, 8:00am to 3:00pm on the grounds of Trinity Church located at 2130 E. University Dr, in Mesa (just east of Gilbert Rd).
There will be a free concert on Friday, June 30th at 6:30pm.
Enrollment is open to all string & band students through the 9th grade (students completing the 9th grade this year are eligible).
Students who are not presently members of MYS will audition prior to enrollment -
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 Elect.
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 and serves as conductor of Division II 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.
Mr. Felton is recognized for introducing old time fiddling into his students’ education. With well over 30 years fiddling experience, his MYS fiddlers have won many individual awards in competition.
Amy Bennett is in her 18th year of teaching with 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 and 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 and 2007. Mrs. Bennett has guest conducted various honor orchestras throughout the state, including the Scottsdale Community College and Northern Arizona University summer music camps. In 2009, Mrs. Bennett received the O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Music Teaching Award from the Arizona Music Educators Association.
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.
Sandra Alston is currently the instrumental teacher at Heritage Academy. Upon recent completion of her Masters Degree from Northern Arizona University in Early Childhood Education with emphasis in curriculum and assessment, Mrs. Alston enthusiastically embraces the art of teaching with the goal of ensuring student understanding both cognitively as well as aesthetically.
Mrs. Alston received her Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis in String Pedagogy from Arizona State University in 1992. She continues to teach private violin and piano, as well as accompany current high school and college music students.
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 and Chandler-
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.
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-
Melanie Yarger professional cellist with Urban Electra -
A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Gregory Nichols is in his 6th year as a music educator with Mesa Public Schools and Director of Orchestras at Taylor Junior High. In addition to his work at the junior high level, Mr. Nichols has had the pleasure of working with Mesa High as the Assistant Director of Orchestras and ran the Guitar program at Mesa High. He is also currently working at the elementary level with Lehi and Johnson Elementary Schools.
His successes as an innovative music educator have not only lead to positive festival ratings for his junior high orchestras and growing programs, but they have brought him recognition from his peers in music as well. Mr. Nichols is currently serving as the Vice-
Full day camp -
($270 for non-
Half day mini-
After June 5th you must add a $20 late fee to deposit payment