Executive Director, Division I Conductor:
Mrs. Hagen began her work with Metropolitan Youth Symphony in 2006 and has over 25 years of teaching experience. With degrees from Kansas State University (BM) and West Texas A&M University (MM), she has held teaching and leadership positions with the AZ Bass Players, NAU Summer Music Camp, ABODA, and is currently Past President of the Arizona Music Educators Association.
Division II Conductor:
Mr. Bitter is in his 40th year of teaching in the Gilbert Public Schools where he is department chair and director of orchestras at Highland High School. He has been active in ABODA, AMEA, ASTA, and was a staff member with the National High School Honors Orchestra.
Arizona Music Educators Association named Mr. Bitter the Arizona Music Educator of the Year, and in 2015, he received the Elizabeth A. H. Green Educator Award from American String Teachers Assoc.
Division IV Conductor:
Cicely Brazier began teaching in the public school system in 2007. After graduating from ASU, Summa Cum Laude, she taught Elem Strings in the Gilbert Schools. Mrs. Brazier continued her studies, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the American College of Ed in 2012 with a Masters in Educational Leadership and accepted a position with Mesa Schools, currently she is director of orchestras at Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies.
Winds Coach, Division I;
Wind Ensemble Conductor:
Brian Murphy is the Director of Orchestras and Assistant Director of Bands at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ. In his seventeen years at MCC, the orchestra program has grown both in size and musical maturity. In addition to his years at MCC, Mr. Murphy has 30+ years teaching experience in public schools, grades 5-12. He is an active clinician in the southwest and owner of Conceptual Band and Orchestra Clinics, LLC.