Orchestra Director, Hawthorne Middle School South
IL ASTA Treasurer
Samantha May has been teaching middle school orchestra for 10 years and has taught at Hawthorn Middle School South in Vernon Hills, IL since 2014. She earned her M.M. in Violin Performance with Teacher Certification from DePaul University and her B.A. in Violin Performance from Case Western Reserve University. She co-presented at the 2020 IMEC about String Technique Development using Paul Rolland Pedagogy. The HMS Orchestra performed at IMEC in 2017 under her direction, and she guest conducted the Vernon Hills High School Orchestra at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2015. She is a member of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, assistant concertmaster of the Chicagoland Educators Orchestra, and former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the DePaul University Symphony Orchestra, the Baroque Orchestra of the Cleveland Institute/Case Western, and concertmaster of the Case Western Reserve University Circle Orchestra. Ms. May also teaches private violin lessons using the Suzuki method, is a Paul Rolland Level 2 Endorsed teacher, and a member of NAfME, ASTA, and SAA.