Director New Horizons Orchestra
Mikaela Vanator currently teaches orchestra and band at MacDonald Middle School in East Lansing. She holds a Bachelors of Music Education and a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance from Central Michigan University, where she studied under David Holland and Alicia Valoti. An avid performer and educator, Mikaela accepted a fellowship for the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, MI in 2016 and a year later was the recipient of the Veha Chamichian String Competition Scholarship. Committed to excellence, Mikaela strives to help her students reach their highest level of academic and musical success possible.
Outside of classical music, Mikaela has a passion for teaching and performing alternative styles of music such as celtic, rock, jazz, and bluegrass. She has been on staff at the ABC “Anything But Classical” Orchestra Summer Retreat and the Knollcrest Music Camp in Grand Rapids, MI.. In 2013, she toured Ireland with ABC Orchestra performing across the country through Dublin, Galway, and Limerick.
Mikaela is a member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the American String Teachers Association, and the National Association for Music Educators. She currently resides in Charlotte, Michigan with her husband Joey and dog Sage. She enjoys crafting, cycling, and anything outdoors in the sunshine!