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Maureen Murchie

Maureen Murchie performs on modern and baroque violin and viola across the US as well as in China, Japan, and Europe. She is Concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Handel and Haydn Society. Recent engagements include Trinity Baroque Orchestra at Trinity Wall Street, NOVUS NY, Helicon Foundation, American Classical Orchestra, El Mundo, Voices of Music, The Sebastians, Three Notch’d Road, New York Baroque Incorporated, Mark Morris Dance Company, Mercury Ensemble, Staunton Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, REBEL, Bethlehem Bach Festival, Harry Connick Jr.’s Holiday Pops show, and the Broadway productions of Tootsie, Farinelli and the King, and Parade. In December 2021 she was a featured soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the American Classical Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Her album Gospel Hymns for Violin & Piano with jazz pianist/arranger Paul Johnston was released in February 2024.

Maureen grew up in Sendai, Japan and won first prize at the 1995 Bach Hall Classical Music Competition in Nakaniida, Japan. Her primary teachers include Bruce Berg, Kenneth Goldsmith, Jody Gatwood, Peter Schaffer, Donald Schleicher, and Yumiko Shibuya. Maureen holds degrees from Baylor University (University Scholar, magna cum laude) and a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she wrote a dissertation on the history of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dr. Murchie has held teaching positions at Eastern Illinois University, McLennan Community College, University of Illinois, Elgin Symphony Youth Orchestra, Neuqua Valley High School, Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM), and InterSchool Orchestras of New York. From 2011-12 she served as Music Director at First Presbyterian Church in Urbana, Illinois. Currently she is Director of Orchestras at Bismarck High School and adjunct faculty at University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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