Liza Noriega

Color Guard Director

Liza Noriega was born and raised in New York.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education from Arizona State University and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.  Liza currently teaches dance at DMHS. She has been a choreographer of dance and Color Guard since 1982, earning many awards for her work, including the 1997 "Artist of Promise" award. Most recently she choreographed for the award winning Inaugural Season for "The Academy" Division II Drum and Bugle Corps during the summer of 2004.   She is a recognized adjudicator for various dance and Color Guard events.  Mrs. Noriega is married and has three beautiful children. 

Michelle Irvin 

DMHS Band & Orchestra Director

Michelle Irvin is the Director of Instrumental Music at Desert Mountain High School.   Michelle has been at Desert Mountain since its opening in 1995 and was the recipient of the 2006 Scottsdale Unified School District Outstanding Fine Arts Teacher Award.   She was born and raised in Arizona, graduated from Moon Valley High School in the Glendale School District.  She attended Northern Arizona University , where she received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and pursued graduate courses in Conducting.   Michelle has served as a guest clinician for several local honor bands and had adjudicated several elementary and middle school concert band festivals.   She is an active member of the Arizona Music Educators Association and the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association.   Michelle is married to her very supportive husband Steve and has a wonderful daughter Ashley.