Maureen May, Artistic Director
As a professional cellist, school music teacher, musician’s advocate, founder, artistic director, and conductor of numerous youth orchestras and strings programs in Florida and beyond, Mrs. May brings to every musical endeavor thirty years of education and experience. She has developed all of her programs with a lifetime of acquiring knowledge in the area of music education and music performance, and she worked closely with Mr. Jonathan May to develop a unique and inclusive teaching philosophy to which she continues to adhere.
In Colorado, after graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in cello performance, Mrs. May started the Canyon Youth Orchestra with Mr. May and learned the immeasurable value of garnering genuine community support for music programs. Mrs. May then started the Cumberland String Project in Tennessee, which introduced strings and music education to an area that otherwise had no music education in the schools or community.
Upon arrival in Florida, Mrs. May served as the orchestra director at Maitland Middle School and Winter Park High School, started the strings program at Park Maitland School, taught music at Millennium Middle School in Sanford, and currently teaches strings at Trinity Preparatory School, where she helped grow the comprehensive program started by Mr. Miller and Mr. May well over a decade ago. The foundation of each program has always been community support and enthusiasm for musical education.
Mrs. May has been instrumental in continuing the legacy of Mr. Jonathan May helped found The Jonathan May Foundation in 2012, to provide further opportunities to music students in Central Florida. It is through the MAYS and The Jonathan May Foundation that Mrs. May seeks to further the musical ideals of Mr. May, as well as inspire countless students to find the beauty and joy of orchestral music.
Michael Miller is a graduate of Grand Rapids Baptist College and Western Michigan University where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in theory and composition. He has served as a faculty member at Grand Rapids Baptist College, Valencia College, and Trinity Preparatory School where he helped establish a vibrant instrumental music program.
Since 2004 Mr. Miller has taught at The Geneva School in Winter Park, FL where he founded and directs The Geneva Consortium, an orchestral program designed particularly for independent schools and home-school students. In the fall of 2006 Mr. Miller began conducting with the Central Florida Youth Orchestra, an organization he now serves as Artistic Director. Mr. Miller has worked with the Daytona Beach Youth Orchestra, the Flagler Youth Orchestra, and from 2000 – 2010 Mr. Miller served the Florida Young Artists Orchestra as Associate Conductor. In addition to his teaching positions, Mr. Miller has been an active church musician in Michigan and Florida.
His relationships with the students, families, and in particular Mr. Jonathan May, have proved to be life changing. The collaborative nature of the orchestra and the potential for unending learning and artistic exchange is a rare and highly treasured gift.
Mr. Miller is extremely proud of his wonderful family. Wendy, his wife, is also a trained musician and the choral conductor at The Geneva School. They are the proud parents of two children, Creed and Madeline, both of whom are active musicians in their own right.