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, Principal Viola of Bach Akademie Charlotte, 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 and Farinelli and the King. 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 is scheduled for release in July 2023.
Maureen grew up in Sendai, Japan and in 1995 won first prize at the Bach Hall Classical Music Competition in Nakaniida, Japan. Her primary teachers include Bruce Berg, Kenneth Goldsmith, Peter Schaffer, Rudolf Haken, 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.
Having attended Japanese schools through high school, Maureen speaks, reads, and writes Japanese at a native level. Her experience as a Japanese translator, interpreter, and editor spans a wide range of industries and includes companies such as Toyota, Nissan, Kobayashi Pharmaceuticals, House Foods, and Mizuho Bank.
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