Orchestra Director

Mary Elizabeth Henton is in her 6th year in teaching, and is the orchestra director at Lexington Traditional Magnet School, which the orchestras have received Distinguished Ratings at KMEA assessment. She was previously the assistant orchestra director at Henry Clay School for the past 4 years. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Music Education. Mrs. Henton is currently pursuing her Rank 1 in Curriculum and Instruction.
Mrs. Henton is currently an active member of the KY Chapter of American String Teachers Association and Kentucky Music Educators Association, and is currently the Orchestra Chair Elect for the State. She has served as the District 7 orchestra chair for KMEA for 2015-2017. She is also the Fayette County Honors Orchestra Co-Chair since 2012.  Mrs. Henton has also been a clinician at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference in 2015, and has been an adjudicator for the Louisville Solo & Ensemble for the past five years.
Mrs. Henton taught both violin and viola for the Friends in Music Program through the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra at Bryan Station Middle School and Lexington Traditional Magnet School from 2011-2015. She plays violin in the Kentucky Bach Choir, Lexington Chamber Orchestra, and has performed violin/fiddle for numerous musical shows in Lexington and surrounding areas including Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wiz, Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast, and Honky Tonk Angels.
Mrs. Henton won the 2013 ASTA Studio Teacher of the Year award, and currently teaches private violin/viola lessons out of her home on the family farm in Woodford County. She helped jump start the Woodford County after school strings program in 2010, and has taught Appalachian Music classes at The Living Arts and Science Center. When she isn’t teaching, Mrs. Henton loves to run half and full marathons or get away to the mountains!