Dr. Kira Omelchenko is an assistant professor of music and the director of orchestra and string studies at Florida Southern College. She is also the Artistic Director of the St. Augustine Youth Orchestra. She took a moment from her busy schedule to talk with First Coast.TV.
Prior to Florida Southern College, she served as the director of orchestra and strings studies at The University of Tampa. She specializes in orchestra conducting, operatic conducting, and violin performance and instruction. As a violinist, Dr. Omelchenko has performed with Opera Tampa and with IBEX productions in concerts with Andrea Bocelli and the Mannheim Steamroller.
As a recent 2014 winner the American Prize in Music in Opera Conducting, Dr. Omelchenko is also the recipient of the 2012 Sigma Alpha Iota Conducting Scholarship, the ASTA string grant, as well as numerous other faculty research, summer stipends, and professor grants. She has lectured and presented at conferences such as NSEE, NAfME, ASTA, and FMEA. As an active lecturer, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Omelchenko has conducted at several All-County Orchestra Festivals, as well as worked with Middle School and High School students at Orchestra Summer Music Camps at Florida Southern College, The University of Tampa and the University of Iowa.
Dr. Omelchenko has served as the music director of St. Ambrose University Community Symphony Orchestra in Davenport. She was also the assistant conductor to opera production at the University of Iowa, the University of New Mexico, as well as the International Opera Lyric Academy in Viterbo, Italy. During her studies in Iowa, she was also a conducting fellow with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony.
International conducting fellowships include studies in Vienna, Rotterdam and Amsterdam conservatories in the Netherlands, and participation in an opera masterclass with Dejan Savic in Bulgaria. As guest conductor, she has conducted the Bulgarian State Opera in Burgas and at the Seasons Music Festival Orchestra in Yakima, Washington, where she participated in a masterclass with David McDade from the Seattle Opera. Conducting masterclasses include studies with Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Harold Farberman, Apo Hsu, Raymond Harvey and Lawrence Golan. In 2015 Dr. Omelchenko was selected to participate in a conducting festival in St. Petersburg, Russia where she conducted the orchestra in the Mariinsky Theatre.
Her critical edition of G.F. Bristow’s Overture to Rip Van Winkle will be recorded and released by the Royal Northern Sinfonia (England) and New World Records in 2015. A native of Kansas, Dr. Omelchenko holds a doctoral degree in music from the University of Iowa and degrees from the University of New Mexico and Knox College.
The showcase at Sterry Piano with the St Augustine Youth Orchestra is Saturday, Oct. 24th at 4pm