Dr. Michael Webster is known as a clarinetist, conductor, composer and educator. Professor of music at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, he has been artistic director of HYS since 1997. As a clarinetist, he has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Aaron Copland, the Boston Pops and John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Tokyo and Cleveland String Quartets and at many of North America's finest music festivals. He has served on the conducting faculties of the New England Conservatory and the University of Michigan and has conducted the Michigan and Asian Youth Orchestras.
Michael Alan Isadore is orchestra director at Dulles High School. He holds masters degrees in conducting and clarinet performance from the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music and a bachelor's degree in music education from Baylor University. Isadore also serves as the associate conductor of the Houston Civic Symphony and formed the Mobius chamber ensemble in which he serves as conductor and clarinetist.
Michelle Perrin Blair currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Strake Jesuit/St. Agnes Academy Orchestra, the Houston Heights Orchestra, and the AURA Contemporary Ensemble at the University of Houston. Blair earned her master's degree in conducting from the University of Texas at Arlington under the tutelage of Dr. Clifton Evans, former conductor of the HYS Philharmonia, and she holds a bachelor?s degree in violin performance from Southwestern University. In May 2014, Blair was honored as a leading woman in her field with the prestigious PEO Scholar Award.
Carolyn Vandiver holds a bachelor's and master's degree in music education. She is the orchestra director at Stephen F. Austin High School in Fort Bend ISD. Vandiver is listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers and twice has been named teacher of the year. Her orchestras consistently receive sweepstakes awards at UIL competitions. She is also a UIL orchestra contest adjudicator.
Ann Victor is the orchestra director at Sartartia Middle School in Sugar Land. Victor graduated from Interlochen Academy for the Arts and received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Kent State University. She completed the coursework for her Doctor of Musical Arts in cello performance at The University of Texas at Austin. Her groups continually receive UIL sweepstakes awards.