2005 Knox College (Illinois), B.A.
2008 University of New Mexico, M.M.
2012 University of Iowa, DMA
Music for Life
Career SpecialtiesKira Omelchenko specializes in orchestral conducting, opera conducting, violin and vocal performance and instruction.
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Before coming to UT, Omelchenko served as the orchestra manager and graduate teaching assistant for the University of Iowa Department of Music. She also served as assistant conductor for over six operas in the Productions Unit. Prior to Iowa, she was the assistant conductor for the University of New Mexico opera productions and assistant to the International Opera Lyric Academy in Viterbo, Italy.
Omelchenko was the music director of St. Ambrose University Community Symphony Orchestra in Davenport, IA. She has conducted at the Iowa Summer Music Camp at the University of Iowa, and was a recent 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.
Conducting masterclasses include studies with Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Harold Farberman, Apo Hsu, Raymond Harvey and Lawrence Golan. Her primary conducting teachers include William LaRue Jones, Jorge Perez-Gomez, Laura Lane and Bruce Polay. A native of Kansas, she is an active member of the Conductors Guild and the League of American Orchestras.
Honors and Awards2012 Inducted into Phi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honors Society
2011 Recipient of the Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) Conducting Scholarship
2011 Third place in the Arts and Research Division at The University of Iowa Jakobsen Graduate Student Conference
2010 Conducting Fellow, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony