Meet our directors
Dr. Walter Temme has served as the director of the Mountain View High School (MVHS) orchestra program for more than two decades. Since 1994, he has played an instrumental role in building an orchestra program distinguished by its high level of performance.
Growing a World-Class Program
During his tenure, the orchestra program has expanded from two orchestras and a combo group to five orchestras plus an extracurricular electric strings program.
Under the direction of Dr. Temme, our orchestras have performed by invitation at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held annually in Chicago, the Arizona Music Educators Association In-Service Conference, a special engagement at Carnegie Hall, the National Orchestra Festival Competition (2nd place), and at international orchestra festivals in Russia and Austria.
Recognition and Awards
Dr. Temme has received numerous awards in recognition for his work with young musicians:
- Arizona Public School Orchestra Teacher of the Year by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) (2013)
- Arizona Music Educator of the Year by the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) (2011)
- Named one of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” by School Band and Orchestra magazine (2003)
- O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Education Award (1997)
- Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (two citations)
- Served in leadership positions with both the Arizona unit of ASTA and the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA).
Recognized for his excellence as an orchestral conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, Dr. Temme is frequently asked to serve as a conductor/clinician with the Arizona Junior High All-State Orchestra, the Greater Phoenix Honor Orchestra, and Regional Honor Orchestras.
In addition to his responsibilities at MVHS, Dr. Temme serves as the director of the Phoenix Youth Symphony Symphonette Orchestra, a position he has held since 1988. During the summer break, he regularly guest conducts at the NAU Curry Summer Music Camp in Flagstaff.
Early in his career, Dr. Temme was a member of the faculties at Humboldt State University in California and Wartburg College in Iowa as a conductor and studio instructor. Dr. Temme also performed as the violist of the Kansas State University Faculty String Quartet and attained the position of principal violist of the Topeka Symphony.
- Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Music; Arizona State University, 1989
- Masters of Music in Conducting; Kansas State University
- Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance; University of the Pacific
Mrs. Bethaney Cross received her bachelor of arts degree in viola performance from Northern Arizona University (NAU). While attending NAU, she performed with the Flagstaff Symphony, Verde Valley Sinfonietta, NAU symphony, and NAU chamber orchestras. Her performance and teaching career in the Phoenix metro area began in 2011. She began teaching at Mountainside Middle School in Scottsdale in 2015 where her ensembles performed at fall and spring ABODA festivals receiving superior with distinction ratings. Additionally, Mrs. Cross has guest conducted the Scottsdale Unified Honor Orchestra Festival and served as lead orchestra director for the elementary and middle school orchestra programs. In 2018, Mrs. Cross was appointed the director of string orchestra with Phoenix Youth Symphony. Mrs. Cross is a graduate of Mountain View High School and was a part of the chamber and symphony orchestras. She is excited to be back and working with a superior orchestra program, as well as overseeing the Conservatorium of Music.