The mission of the council is to advance orchestral music education by supporting and advising orchestral music educators in their professional endeavors and to have influence in the development of new and quality string programs nationally.


Head back-to-school with these tips from members of the NAfME Council for Orchestral Education

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Elizabeth Fortune

Elizabeth Fortune is the Director of Orchestras at Seattle’s Ballard High School. From 2002-2018, she was the Director of Orchestras and Eclectic Strings at Seattle’s Washington Middle School. In addition to…

Council Members

Elizabeth Fortune, Chair (2022-2024)
Associate Director
Washington Music Educators Association
Seattle, Washington
LaSaundra Booth, Chair-Elect
Executive Director
 Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Emily Schaad (2023-2024) Eastern Division Representative
Director of Orchestral Activities
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, New York
Chung Park (2023-2025), North Central Division Representative
Associate Professor, Music Conductor, St. Olaf and Philharmonia Orchestras
St. Olaf College 
Northfield, Minnesota 
Nathan Rødahl (2022-2024), Northwest Division Representative
Orchestra Director
Port Angeles High School
Port Angeles, Washington
Corie Benton (2023-2025), Southern Division Representative
Orchestra Director
Pope High School
Marietta, Georgia
Brigido (Beau) S. Garza (2023-2024), Southwestern Division Representative
Director of Orchestras
Midland Legacy High School
Midland, Texas
Angela Harman (2023-2025), Western Division Representative
Orchestra Teacher
  Nebo School District
Spanish Fork, Utah
Krissi Davis (2023-2024), Member-At-Large Representative
Orchestra Director
Midtown High School
Atlanta, Georgia
Tonya Suggs (2023-2024), Member-At-Large Representative
String Instructor
 Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra 
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Joe Dyvig
National Executive Board Liaison
Olympia, Washington
Lisa Mink, Staff Liaison
Constituency Engagement Manager
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