Wednesday, March 7 | Submitted by Courtney Wendel | Downtown Central
The Springfield Symphony Association is pleased to announce that the board of directors has approved Dr. Amy Muchnick to be assistant conductor of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for the 2012 – 2013 season.
As assistant conductor, Muchnick will lead the organization’s education and outreach programs, including annual Young People’s Concerts for area 4th grade students, and free, public matinees such as Spooky Symphony. Muchnick will also conduct the annual Home for the Holidays pops concert in December.
Muchnick has a varied background as a violist, conductor and clinician, and has been part of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra since 1993. She has served the organization in a number of ways during that time, for instance, she conducted this season’s Spooky Symphony Halloween matinee for children and their families.
Muchnick is a vital part of Springfield’s music community. In addition to serving as the assistant conductor next season, Muchnick serves as artistic director and conductor of the SRO Lyric Theatre, and is a professor of viola and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra at Missouri State University.
As a violist, Muchnick has appeared throughout the United States and in several European settings as both a recitalist and a member of the Hawthorne String Trio. She is a winner of numerous competitions such as the Emerson String Quartet Competition, Beethoven Young Artists Competition of Memphis and the Columbia International Chamber Music Competition. Her innovative children’s music programs have gained wide recognition for their creativity and educational originality.
Muchnick began her studies at the Hartt School of Music. After joining the Memphis Symphony, she concurrently earned a Master of Music Degree in viola performance from the University of Memphis. In 1988 she was awarded the prestigious Guarneri String Quartet Fellowship to attend the University of Maryland where she received a Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree.
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Additional funding for all Springfield Symphony Orchestra programming is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.