John P. Haggard is the Director of Orchestras at Red Mountain High School. Previously, he has served as Assistant Orchestra Director at Dobson High School and was Director of Orchestras at the nationally renowned East High School in Wichita, Kansas. In addition to his public school teaching career, Mr. Haggard has taught on the collegiate level as Music Director/Conductor of the Scottsdale Community College Orchestra, and has served on the string faculties of the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Cameron University in Oklahoma.
Mr. Haggard served as the Music Director and conductor of the Southwest Youth Symphony, and was the Assistant conductor of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra and Philharmonia. Mr. Haggard’s orchestras consistently earn Superior ratings at the regional, state and national levels. He frequently conducts, adjudicates, and coaches various all-state and regional orchestras, youth symphonies, orchestra festivals and competitions. Twice, his orchestras at Desert Vista High School have been selected as Honor Groups at AMEA, and in 2008 the Hendrix Junior High School Orchestra performed as an Honor Group. Mr. Haggard served as the Orchestra Director at the Northwest Advanced String Camp at the University of Oregon and was on faculty at the Utah State University Music Clinic conducting, coaching viola, coaching chamber groups and presenting lectures for string teacher at the ASTA/NSOA workshops.
Mr. Haggard has served as Regional Governor for the North Central Region, Orchestra Chair in both Southwest and North Central Regions, and is currently serving on the board of ASTA - AZ as the solo competition chair. In addition, he has hosted and chaired the Virtuoso Viola Competition/Festival and has served as the AMEA state solo and ensemble string coordinator.
As a violinist/violist, he has performed with numerous professional orchestras including the Tulsa Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony and Vermont Symphony. Mr. Haggard has served as Principal Viola of the Utah Festival Opera Company and Assistant Principal of the Las Vegas Philharmonic. In addition, recordings of his trio, the Coriolanus Trio were played on National Public Radio to high acclaim. In 1998, he won a one year position with the Phoenix Symphony.
Mr. Haggard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and earned his Masters degree in Music Performance from the University of Tulsa.