Joseph Lee, conductor, is currently the Music Director of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, and conductor of the Huntsville Youth Symphony and the Sinfonia Orchestra. Mr. Lee is the Music Director of the Tennessee Valley Music Festival, Resident Conductor of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Festival Internacional de Música Cobano (Costa Rica), and the Director of Music Ministries at East End United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN. He has led a diverse group of performers including Grammy award winning artists Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, the world-famous Canadian Brass, the performers of Cirque de la Symphonie, Act of Congress, Riders in the Sky, Tony Award nominee Jodi Benson, and other Broadway stars including Gary Mauer, Julia Murney, Virginia Woodruff, Burke Moses, and many others.
Mr. Lee served on the conducting staff of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival from 2007-2011, and served as the conductor of the University Orchestra at Sewanee from 2011-2014. In the Spring of 2011, Mr. Lee returned to his alma mater to serve a one-semester appointment at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Orchestra and Conducting, and currently serves on the faculty of the University of Alabama, Huntsville. In addition to his regular conducting activities, Mr. Lee frequently travels the Southeast US and Central America leading clinics, adjudicating band and orchestra festivals, and guest conducting. Originally a bassoonist and cellist, Mr. Lee has a passion for Eastern music and studies the Japanese shakuhachi and the Armenian duduk.
Mr. Lee has participated in music festivals and master classes both at home and abroad. In master class, he has studied with world-renowned instructors including Kenneth Keisler, Otto Werner Mueller, Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Jarvi, Paavo Jarvi, David Hayes, and Duain Wolfe. Mr. Lee graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. Conducting teachers and mentors include maestros Robin Fountain, Emelyn Bingham, Taavo Virkhaus, James Paul, and Carlos Miguel Prieto.
Susan Mullen, Philharmonia conductor, is the Orchestra Director at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN. She is an active violinist, violist, conductor and clinician. She serves on the conducting staff of The Tennessee Valley Music Festival and Festivo de la Musica del Pacifico in Cobano, Costa Rica. She also conducts Horizons, an adult string group with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Mullen is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra and an active free-lance musician throughout the region. She was the co-founder, Music Director, and Conductor of the Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra for 11 years. She earned her M.M. from the University of Wyoming, continuing her studies in Neuchatel, Switzerland as a Rotary International Scholar.
Currently she serves as President-Elect of the Tennessee Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
Kelli Battraw, a native of Arizona, received her Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University in Music Education, with an emphasis in string instruments.
After graduating, Kelli spent 4 years teaching elementary school orchestra in the Chandler, AZ school district. In that time she also had the opportunity to work with students in both district and state elementary orchestra festivals. Upon moving to Huntsville,Kelli began work as the Arts-in-Education Coordinator for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, a position which she held for 3 ½ years.
Kelli has been teaching private string lessons since 1997, a passion she continues today. She lives in Madison with husband, Aaron, and their three sons Adam, Hyrum, and Brigham and Spencer.
Bethany Wing received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia at Athens. She spent the next few years teaching middle school orchestra at East Cobb Middle school in Marietta, Georgia. Later, she earned a Master of Arts degree from Tennessee Technological University. She has enjoyed performing with many regional and local orchestras.
While in college, Mrs. Wing began teaching private violin and viola lesson which she continues, currently. She and her husband, Frank, live in Madison with their three children, Connor, Emily, and Alex.