Anchorage Civic Orchestra
2015-2016 Season

Conductor / Music Director
Philip Munger

Maestro Munger studied composition at Oberlin Conservatory 
and the University of Washington.  He trained
in conducting under the batons of Frank Smoke, Count Mikael
Schermetiev and Stanley Chappel. His debut as a conductor
was in 1963 with the Thalia Youth Symphony of Seattle-
Tacoma. From 1995 to 2007, he directed the Mat-Su College
Community Band. He currently teaches music appreciation
and introductory music theory at the University of Alaska
Anchorage. A member of the ACO brass section and frequent
guest conductor, Mr. Munger was selected as the ACO Musical
Director for the 2013-14 season.
Munger has received of many awards, fellowships, grants and
commissions for his music compositions. Most recently, he
was a 2012 Rasmuson Foundation honoree. More of
Munger’s compositions have been played at the Alaska Center
for the Performing Arts and the University of Alaska
Anchorage, than those of any other living composer.
Gordon’s Last Ride Rag, Hindu Kush and The Wild Coast are
among his commissions for Alaskan orchestras. The ACO
premiered Hindu Kush Op. 90 in 2010. The Anchorage Youth
Symphony performed The Wild Coast in Anchorage and on
their 2012 European tour. His newest composition, Elegy for
JFK, premiered at the ACO’s November 2013 performance.
Fall 2015 Guest Conductor

Tammy Vollom-Matturro

Tammy Vollom-Matturro received her BME degree from Bemidji State University, Minnesota, graduating magna cum laude with an emphasis in instrumental music. She has conducted bands and orchestras on the Kenai Peninsula since 1990 when she first moved to Alaska. She taught band at Kenai Central High School and Kenai Middle School, later teaching elementary music. Throughout her years in Alaska she has been a private music instructor on woodwinds and piano.

She has been a performer on clarinet, saxophone and percussion, playing in the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, the Juneau Symphony, and the Kalgin Island Quartet, as well as soloing and performing all over Alaska in string and woodwind chamber groups with local and nationally-known musicians such as Andrew Cook, Emily Grossman, Jan Coldwell, and Heather Williams. She was part of the 2006 world premiere of Adrienne Albert’s Animalogy.

In 2000, Ms. Vollom-Matturro became the musical director for the Kenai Performers and directed the pit orchestras for Music Man, Brigadoon, My Favorite Year, Oliver, Peter Pan, and Annie. Ten years ago, she became the founder and artistic director of the Redoubt Chamber Orchestra, a Kenai-Soldotna based orchestra. She is also the founder of the Lyon’s Pride big band, which performs in the Kenai/Soldotna area.

Ms. Vollom-Matturro works with music students of all ages and serves as adjudicator for the KPBSD borough festival. She served as a guest conductor for the KPBSD Region High School Honor Band/Mass Band festival in 2012, and the KPBSD Middle School Mass Band festival in April 2013.  She also served as guest conductor in Valdez for the Region II festival in Valdez, and in Kotzebue, Nome, and Bethel for the Region I festival. 

In the spring of 2009, Ms. Vollom-Matturro was chosen as the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, directing the summer music festivals, family concerts, and Christmas performances. Most noted performed works include Shostakovich Symphony no. 5, Brahms Symphony no. 2, and Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 4. In 2012 and 2013, Ms. Vollom-Matturro coordinated Link Up, an educational concert sponsored by Carnegie Hall where elementary students sing and play recorder on stage with the orchestra. Hundreds of peninsula students from Homer, Soldotna, Kenai and Nikiski participate in this interactive concert. In addition to being active in the musical community of the Kenai Peninsula and Alaska, she is a devoted wife and mother of two girls.

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