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About Us
String Quartet

Welcome to Coronado
High School Orchestra

Developing Top Talent

Coronado High School Orchestra is devoted to cultivating students' love of music.  The Coronado High School Orchestra Association (CHSOA) was exclusively organized as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization for educational purposes and for the benefit of CHS students.

The Coronado High School Orchestra Association: ​

  • Provides financial support and other assistance to Coronado High School Orchestra by assisting the orchestra program, director, and students. 

  • Stimules a spirit of fellowship and cooperation among the membership of the Association. 

  • Promotes musical education in the community.

Our Directo
Conductor on Stage

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work”

Hello! My name is Leslee Way and I am a native El Pasoan and a product of EPISD and UTEP.  I went to Guerrero Elementary school and began playing the violin in fifth grade with Mrs. Mary Mendez.  I had a spectacular time at Hornedo Middle School, with Ms. LeAnn Isaac. It was at Franklin that I met Mrs. Susan Hernandez and and enjoyed a remarkable four years of orchestra.  I graduated from UTEP in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance.  Upon college graduation, I spent several years as a violin sectional coach with the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras.  I have been a member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra for 14 years. I have since performed with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Opera Orchestra, El Paso Choral Society, El Paso Pro-Musica, served as a Master Teacher for UTEP’s String Project, adjudicated contests for SISD and Las Cruces Public Schools, and maintained a private violin studio. I have recorded for sessions at El Adobe Recording studios, and Sonic Ranch studios, assisted with music notation and bowings for composer, Enrique Ponce, with Budapest recording services. I have taught orchestra at Andress High School, Powell and Dowell Elementary Schools, Polk and Guerrero Elementary Schools, Franklin High School, and now Coronado High School.  I received a Masters degree in String Music Education in August 2021. 


Every child can learn, and it is our job as educators to facilitate diverse opportunities to meet the needs of each and every student who comes our way.  

My husband, Michael Way, also plays in the symphony with me and is the cello professor at UTEP, instructs various music courses, and recently started his own music arranging and publishing company. We have two miniature dachshunds, Doctor and Toby. I love learning, am an avid reader, tv show/movie fanatic, and enjoy learning about and listening to all genres of music.

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