The Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies
Director of Orchestral Activities
Stephen M. Heyde is the Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies and Conductor-in-Residence at Baylor University and the Conductor/Music Director of the Waco Symphony Orchestra. Prior to moving to Texas, Mr. Heyde was a member of the violin faculty at West Virginia University from 1975-1984 and taught at Butler High School (Butler, Pennsylvania) from 1971-75.
Dr. Michael Alexander
Associate Professor of String Music Education
Dr. MICHAEL ALEXANDER is in demand as a clinician/conductor and has conducted 17 Region Orchestras in Texas as well as All-State / Honor Orchestras in New Mexico (twice), Mississippi, North Dakota, Louisiana, and Florida. During his 22-year tenure as Director of Orchestras at Stratford High School the Stratford Symphony was twice named the Texas Honor Orchestra (1994, 1997) by the Texas Music Educators Association and earned sweepstakes ratings at regional festivals the last 17 of those years. Alexander is a past-president of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association and a Past Vice-President of the Texas Music Educators Association.