Michael Link holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (1986) in Music Education from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL., a Master of Music Education (1989) from  VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, and a second  masters degree in Educational Leadership (2014) from  Concordia University in Austin (Frisco Cohort).  Currently he is Director of Orchestras at McKinney Boyd High School where he also served as Fine Arts Department Chair from 2013-2015. Mr. Link first taught in his native state of Illinois in Roseville for two years, then after graduate school, moved to Ruston, LA. where he taught at Louisiana Tech University for three years serving as Assistant Band Director/Percussion Instructor. From there, he went back to public education in Texas teaching in Austin, Corpus Christi, The Colony, Lewisville, and now McKinney the past seven years. He has a total of 27 years of teaching experience. He has served as a conductor for the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra and Guest Conductor for All-Region Orchestras in Texas and outside Texas. His orchestras, bands, and choirs have all received numerous UIL SWEEPSTAKES Awards along with many Superior Ratings at festivals through out the state. He is a member of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He has been a presenter at the Texas Music Educators Conference twice presenting clinics on "How to Be Successful in The UIL Sight-Reading Room" and "How to Make the Switch from Band Director to Orchestra Director".  

Mr. Link has been a performer in the Dallas Symphony Chorus, along with the Corpus Christi Wind Symphony, the Bensenville (IL) Wind Ensemble, Knox-Galesburg Symphony(IL), and the Kankakee Symphony(IL). In addition, he was named a Young Artist Competition Winner of the Monroe (LA) Symphony Orchestra in 1991 soloing with that symphony. Mr. Link has been named a McKinney ISD "Most Inspirational Teacher" in 2014 and "Teacher of the Month" at Boyd High School in 2013.  

Mr. Link is part-time Director of Music Ministry at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Carrollton and teaches piano.

Shelly New, Associate Orchestra Director

Michael Link, Head Orchestra Director

Important Info for this year

Contact Mr. Link at mlink@mckinneyisd.net

Shelly New, a native of Hays, Kansas, is in her seventh year as an orchestra teacher. New’s career began in Hutchinson, KS, where she spent two years teaching sixth and eighth grade orchestras. There she utilized      “alternative strings,” a recruiting and motivation tool  that incorporates non-classical musical styles in the classroom.  Due to her use of alternative strings in Hutchinson, New received the “Young String Teacher of the Year Award” from the Kansas Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) in 2009. Later that year, New moved to Beaumont, TX, where she earned her Master of Music Education from Lamar University and also taught orchestra at West Brook High School. There she began a rock orchestra that gained popularity throughout the community. While in Beaumont, New worked closely with the Southeast Texas Youth Symphony and directed a summer string camp for the organization. New was also a regular performer on violin and viola with many area orchestras, including the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra.

In 2011, New moved to North Texas and spent two years as Assistant Orchestra Director at Faubion Middle School. New's orchestras at Faubion earned Sweepstakes both years, and her rock orchestra gained community-wide recognition.  She is now excited to be starting her second year on the orchestra team at McKinney Boyd High School.  In addition to teaching orchestra, Mrs. New performs every chance she can on fiddle.  She is a member of The Bodarks, an Americana-style string band that performs almost every weekend in Frisco, McKinney, and Plano.  She has also been known to sit in with a number of other groups around the DFW area.  When she isn't holding an instrument, her arms are full with her two sons, James and Conor.

Contact Mrs. New at mnew@mckinneyisd.net

Your Directors

McKinney Boyd High School Orchestra