Michael Newton is originally from Lubbock, and has played with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra since the 1992-1993 season. He is currently the Orchestra Director at OL Slaton Middle School as well as an adjunct cello instructor with Wayland Baptist University and Lubbock Christian University. Mr. Newton began playing cello in his 6th grade orchestra program at Bayless Elementary, and continued to play in his school orchestras at Atkins Junior High and Lubbock High School. Mr. Newton received his B.A. and M.M in Music Performance from Texas Tech University. He has previously played with symphonies such as: Texas Tech University Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Big Spring Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, and the Roswell Symphony.