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Michelle Sweeten

Ms. Michelle Sweeten


Ms. Michelle Sweeten

Michelle R. Sweeten is almost as passionate about music, as she is about kids! A native of Parsons, Kansas, Ms. Sweeten is in her sixth year as Director of Orchestra at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science in Kansas City, Kansas. An alumnus of Pittsburg State University, Michelle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education while playing in various orchestras and groups. Ms. Sweeten’s teaching career includes teaching Elementary Strings, General Music, Special Education, Choir, and stretches across many states including Wisconsin, Florida, Louisiana, Virginia, Missouri, and Kansas.


Since beginning at Sumner Academy, Ms. Sweeten has more than tripled the participation in the orchestra program. The Sumner Academy Symphonic Orchestra has travelled with the World Strides Heritage Music Festival where they have received 1st place Gold Awards, the Outstanding Orchestra Award, the Adjudicator’s Award, and Sweepstakes Trophy Awards. The Symphonic Orchestra consistently receives Superior ratings at the KSHAA State-Large Group Orchestra Festivals and performed at the Kansas Music Educators Conference in February 2017.


Ms. Sweeten’s musical passion is demonstrated through her extra-curricular ventures, professional activities, and awards. Ms. Sweeten can often be found after school rehearsing with individual students, arranging performance trips to New York, Nashville, Colorado Springs, Chicago, Atlanta, or arranging for one of the three concerts offered on campus. Ms. Sweeten is an active member of National Association for Music Education, Kansas Music Education Association, and American String Teacher’s Association. Fittingly, Ms. Sweeten has been awarded for her time and talent earning many awards; “My Favorite Teacher Award”, “Middle School Teacher of the Year”, and the “Elks Teacher of the Year Awards.”


Sumner Academy Symphonic Orchestra 2016-17
Sumner Academy Symphonic Orchestra 2016-17

Contact Information

Office Hours: Monday: 8:10 - 9:50

 Tuesday & Thursday: 8:10 – 9:45

  Wednesday: 8:10 - 9:35

Friday: 8:10 - 9:45

Before or after school by appointment