President – Jessica Breen
Jessica Breen has been a music educator for 17 years and is the orchestra director at Empire High School. Before teaching in Vail, she served as one of the orchestra directors at Tucson High Magnet School where orchestras were consistently awarded Superior with Distinction ratings at the ABODA Fall Orchestra Festival. Before teaching at Tucson High, Jessica taught 4th– 8th grade orchestra in Elgin, Illinois where she also served as an adjudicator for the IMEA Solo and Ensemble Festivals, taught private lessons for the Northern Illinois Community School for the Arts and performed with the Kishwaukee Symphony. Jessica is responsible for creating strong new orchestra programs in Willcox and Vail, AZ which each grew to over 200 students and continue to thrive. She is a violinist and performs with the Sierra Vista Symphony and various ensembles in Southern Arizona.
Mrs. Breen earned her Bachelor of Music Education with a String Concentration from Arizona State University in May of 2002. From 2014 to 2017, Jessica was the Symphonic Director of the Vail Youth Symphony in Vail, AZ, which includes over 100 students grades 5-12. Jessica is the Board President and responsible for starting the Vail Youth Symphony, a non-profit 501c3, which continues to grow and has 3 levels of orchestra. Jessica has been orchestra clinician for the AMEA Northern AZ Middle School Honor Orchestra Festival, the AMEA Southern AZ Honor Orchestra, the TUSD Middle School Honor Orchestra Festival, has been active in the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association as Junior High Allstate Orchestra Chair, is a member of the National Association for Music Education and is currently the Secretary for the Arizona Chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association.
Vice President/Librarian – Amy Osmun
Secretary – Janei Evans
Treasurer – Allison Minch
Board Member – Whitney Olson