Madison City Youth Orchestra

Making Music, Friends, and Memories

Conducting Team

Rebecca Wortham, Co-Founder/Past Director of Music & Conductor/Board Member

Rebecca has been teaching music in public, private, home schools, and colleges for 29 years. She has a Master's Degree in Education and is a member of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), the Alabama Bandmaster's Association (ABA), the Alabama Orchestra Association (AOA), and The Madison Arts Council. Rebecca received the John Phillip Sousa Band Award and attended the University of Montevallo on the Dean of Fine Art's Scholarship.  She traveled through Europe with the United States Collegiate Band and attended Master Classes at The Juilliard School. After having children, she was able to return to New York City and watch 3 of her sons perform at Carnegie Hall.  It was a wonderful experience! Most recently, she has been selected by the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) to include her proposal on how to run an inclusive, tuition-free orchestra for all in NAfME Academy, where other music educators and college students can look view for assistance and/or CEUs. She was also nominated for the Entrepreneur of the Year in North Alabama, selected as the Microwave Dave Music Educator of the Year for 2018, and invited to return to Carnegie Hall as a part of a Music Educator's Initiative. She and her husband, William, have 7 sons and live in Madison, where they own Harmony Home Music Studio.


William Wortham, Past Conductor/Board Member

William has been teaching music for 24 years.  He has a Master's Degree in Education and is a member of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), the Alabama Bandmaster's Association (ABA), the Alabama Orchestra Association (AOA), and the Madison Arts Council.  He studied under Dr. Wes Branstein at Henderson State University and has performed with Tuba Christmases in Texas, Arkansas, and Alabama.  William teaches middle school math with Decatur City Schools and also teaches private music lessons in the Harmony Home Music Studio he co-owns. He was recently selected as the Microwave Dave Music Educator of the year  and was invited to Carnegie Hall as part of a Music Educator's Initiative. He and his wife, Rebecca, have 7 sons and live in Madison.