Artistic Staff

Maureen May, Artistic Director
Symphony Conductor

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.

Peter Dutilly
Repertory Conductor

Peter Dutilly will join the artistic staff of Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony in Fall 2018 as the conductor of the Repertory Orchestra. Previous conducting experience includes conductor of Amelia Strings (Amelia Island, FL), conductor of the Symphonette Strings with the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra (Brunswick, GA), and substitute conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras and MAYS. Additionally, Peter has coached sectionals for Jacksonville University, Southeastern University, Trinity Preparatory School, JSYO, and MAYS. His teaching experience includes private instructor at Amelia Arts Academy, First Coast Community Music School, Florida State University as a Teaching Assistant, Southeastern University as Instructor of Violin and Viola, violin, viola, and chamber music instructor at Trinity Preparatory School, as well as viola teacher at the Florida Southern String Camp, Southeastern University Allstate Workshop, and the Chamber Music Intensive at his alma mater, Jacksonville University. Primarily an orchestral violist, Peter is a core member (and assistant orchestra librarian) of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, is a substitute violist with Naples Philharmonic and Jacksonville Symphony, and performs regularly with the Memphis Symphony, Brevard Symphony, and Northwest Florida Symphony. Peter holds two Bachelor of Music degrees from Jacksonville University in music composition and viola performance, and a Master of Music from Florida State University in viola performance. When he is not driving, teaching, in the library at OPO, or practicing/performing, Peter likes to cook and fish, especially in his adopted home-state, Maine.
Linda Kessler, Intermezzo Conductor

Linda Kessler received her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Indiana University and did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She served as principal violist for the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and Waukesha Symphony for 17 years, and was also a substitute violist for The Milwaukee Symphony. Additionally, Linda co-founded, with Bonnie Greene, the now thriving Wisconsin String Academy. Linda moved to Orlando in 1999 and is currently the Assistant Principal Violist for the Brevard Symphony. She is also a regular performer with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, at Walt Disney World, and as the violist in the St. Andrews String Quartet. She is a faculty member with Orange County Public Schools, and has over 30 years of string teaching experience. She is honored and excited to join the MAYS team!
Rachel Durrum, Concertino Conductor

Rachel Durrum is a graduate of Rollins College. She earned a Bachelor in Liberal Arts as a Music Major and Education Minor. There she enjoyed serving as concertmaster of the Rollins Orchestra and String Ensemble, performing in vocal ensembles and conducting. Rachel has been teaching both strings classes and studio lessons for the past 17 years and has been a faculty member at Brevard County Schools, Orange County Schools, and The Geneva School.

Rachel currently performs locally and most often with her string quartet. Rachel grew up in the robust arts culture in Sarasota, Florida. There she had the opportunity to work with amazing teachers through the Florida West Coast Youth Orchestra and Pine View Orchestra. It is this rich culture and tradition of the orchestra that inspires her to this day. She enjoys string pedagogy and loves to see students learn new things and enjoy making music.

One of Rachel’s other great loves in life is her family. Her husband Tony also graduated from Rollins and is a local professional drummer. They have three daughters, Sarah, Holly and Natalie.

MAYS Lake County and MAYS At Your School

Elliot May ~ Mr. Elliot May is a strings teacher from Orlando, Florida. He studied Music Education with Michael Allen at Florida State. As a bass player, he has played in numerous orchestras in the Southeastern United States and studied privately with Michael Hill, Luciano Carneiro, and Melanie Punter. He teachers strings through the MAYS at St. Paul’s Catholic School and also performs and maintains a private studio in the Central Florida area. Growing up in a musical family, Elliot learned music in all forms from his parents Jonathan and Maureen May. His experiences as a student have fostered a lifelong love for youth orchestra and music education.

Nathan May~ Mr. Nathan May is a strings teacher from Central Florida, who teaches strings at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts as well as in his private studio. Nathan is a gifted performer, and regularly teaches and performs on all string instruments as well as piano and voice, and looks forward to teaching beginning strings in Lake County. .