Dr. Amy Muchnick

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The Missouri Choral Artists are a group of professional musicians dedicated to artistic excellence in choral music. The newly developed MCA model features an ever-evolving selection of the finest choral musicians and conductors from across Missouri and the surrounding region. The ensemble convenes for a weekend of rehearsals and events that culminate in a presentation of choral music of the highest caliber. MCA will present its first full season of concerts across the state of Missouri, beginning on Sunday, July 16th at 4:00pm in the Chapel of Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO.

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There's a strong connection between the two interviews that we conducted this morning on KSMU's Arts News, according to MSU music professor Dr. Amy Muchnick.  One of her student string quartets almost made it all the way to the top of the Music Teachers National Association competition four years ago. "The White String Quartet, which was the student string quartet, in 2012 made the finals of the MTNA competition.

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The Missouri Choral Artists is a brand-new Springfield-based group of professional choral singers founded earlier this year by Kelly Garrison and Matthew Felts.  When Matt Felts calls the group "professional," he defines them as "all either former music majors, current teachers, some former teachers--kind of all ages.  I just moved to Springfield to actually help get this project off the ground about a month ago."  The group will perform Arvo Pärt's Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) for chorus and string orchestra, and other works by Baltic composers, in a concert Sunday June 26th at 4:

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Missouri State University Opera Theater presents Johann Strauss’s comic operetta Die Fledermaus in English, Friday April 17 at 7:30pm & Sunday April 19 at 2:30pm at the Savoy Ballroom, 224 E Commercial Street. Come enjoy the beautiful music, comedy and joy of Johann Strauss's most beloved operetta. "We're literally going to have a ball!" says MSU Music Professor Dr. Amy Muchnick, who conducts the production.  Adds Dr.