Artistic Staff and Contractors

Dr. Susan Harvey, Music Director/YSO Conductor

Dr. Susan Harvey earned a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University, a Master of Arts in Education from Virginia Tech, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Shenandoah University. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Music at Midwestern State University (MSU) in Wichita Falls, Texas. At MSU Dr. Harvey is Chair of the Music Department and Director of the MSU Summer Kodály Teacher Institute, which offers graduate music education courses. dr. Harvey also teaches music education courses to general education students and music majors.

Dr. Harvey  taught music in Virginia public schools fir twenty years. She taught elementary music and instrumental and choral music at the secondary level. Her ensembles consistently earned superior ratings at festivals. Additionally, her students performed at the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference in Norfolk, Virginia and at the Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Harvey regularly presents at local, state and national conferences. Presentation topics have included assessment in music education, intonation in band, practice strategies for instrumentalists, and implementation of Kodály in the instrumental and elementary classroom. She is an active clinician, guest conductor, judge, and freelance trumpet performer. As a performer, Dr. Harvey was a member of the 2007 National Champion Massanutten Brass Band from Harrisonburg, Virginia and has performed as a member of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra in North Manchester, Indiana.

Dr. Matthew Luttrell, Philharmonic Conductor

Dr. Matthew D. Luttrell joined the faculty of Midwestern State University as Director of Bands in Summer 2013. His duties include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Applied Lessons, Instrumental Conducting, and other various duties. Dr. Luttrell is a freelance drill writer and trombonist in his spare time.

Prior to Midwestern State University, Dr. Luttrell served as Director of Bands at Adams State University, Associate Director of Bands at the University of Texas Arlington and as Assistant Director of Bands at Illinois State University, where his bands have consistently received invitations to perform outside of campus venues, including NFL season and post-season games. He began his teaching career at Durango High School, located in Durango, CO.

During his doctoral work at Arizona State, Dr. Luttrell served as assistant conductor to Gary Hill and Wayne Bailey in the Chamber Winds, Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble, as well as an instructor for the Sun Devil Marching Band, including arranging and drill writing.

Dr. Luttrell earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University in May 2010, with an emphasis in wind conducting and euphonium performance. He also holds two degrees in music education, from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Luttrell serves as both a clinician and adjudicator across the United States, and his professional affiliations include College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Association for Music Education, and is an honorary member of both the Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi honorary bands fraternities.



Amanda Hernandez, Philharmonic Coach and Gail Key Academy of Music Instructor

Jan Gardin, Violin Coach

Timothy Goff, Brass Coach

Myles Hanford, Woodwinds Coach

Barbara Kavanaugh, Philharmonic Coach and Strings Ensemble Coach

Ana Leach, Brass Coach

Anita Marquardt, Cello/Bass Coach

Tammy Sparks, Violin Coach and Gail Key Academy of Music Instructor

Brooke Whyrick, Philharmonic Coach

Administrative Staff and Contractors

Jean Hall, Executive Director

Donna Janecka, Music Librarian