Dorothy Hays retired in May, 2002, after completing 29 years of making stringed music, from the Putnam City School District. Though responsible at times for teaching stringed instruments to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12, her focus was being the orchestra director at Central Junior High/Middle School (now Capps Middle School) for 25 years. In 1985, the Central Symphony was chosen to be a performing honor group for the Oklahoma Music Educators' Convention and later traveled with 63 8th and 9th grade string players to Washington DC, to perform in the National Adjudicator's Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Central Symphony was again chosen to perform for the Oklahoma Music Educator's in 1997. Since her retirement from public school teaching, Dorothy was the Master Teacher with the Sooner String Prodject at the University of Oklahoma from 2002 to 2005.
Dorothy is currently teaching and coordinating adult beginning violin, viola, and cello classes as an outreach program for the OKC Philharmonic. From these classes, the Society of Strings was organized. Conducting this string orchestra for less advanced adults allows Mrs. Hays to continue to teach, encourage, and help these adults, who began play in the Philharmonic classes, to progress on their instruments. Society of Strings currently has 57 members and continues to grow.
Hays was named 1990 Teacher of the Year by the Oklahoma Chapter of the American String Teacher Association. Dorothy is a member of MENC, ASTA, OMEA, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
She holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree and a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Oklahoma.
Hays was formerly a 15 year member of the Lawton Philharmonic and has been a member of the cello section in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic since 1989.