Desiree Overree grew up in Texas and participated in the same contests and concerts as the students you see on stage. She attained her Bachelor of Music Education degree with Highest Honors at Sam Houston State University and now teaches for Katy ISD. Under her baton, the Memorial Philharmonia Orchestras placed First Runner-Up in the Texas Honor Orchestra Competition, performed at MidWest in Chicago and at Carnegie Hall. She also teaches at Langham Creek High School and opened Seven Lakes High School, both of which were honored by the GRAMMY Foundation for their exceptional music programs, designating them as GRAMMY Signature Schools. They have continued their commitment to excellence by being selected as one of the top ten orchestras in Texas and in 2014, Seven Lakes High School had three orchestras in the top ten rankings.. The Seven Lakes Symphony Orchestra ranked #9 in TMEA’s Honor Competition in 2011, #5 in 2013, #3 in 2015, and named the 2016 TMEA Honor Full Orchestra. The Symphony Orchestra performed at Symphony Center in Chicago and was a featured performer at DisneyWorld. In 2015, both the Seven Lakes Sinfonia and Symphony Orchestras were named National Orchestra Winners for the Mark of Excellence Award from the Foundation of Music Education.
Overree has won many awards including “Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers,” KISD’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars, the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award, and the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award. She is frequently invited as an adjudicator and clinician. She holds professional memberships and leadership positions in Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Mu Omicron.