2018-2019 Music Director: Oleg Proskurnya
Born in Omsk - Russian Federation, Dr. Proskurnya earned a Master’s Degree in performance on violin from the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Conservatory. He was the violinist of the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and served as Associate concertmaster of the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra. In 1988, he immigrated to the USA and served as the principal violinist of the second violin section with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra until 2003. At the same time Dr. Proskurnya studied conducting under Professor Ilia Musin from 1994 to 1999.
At 2004 Dr. Proskurnya received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of South Carolina in orchestral conducting. At 2005-6 he was adjunct professor at Georgia College and State University and guest faculty at Valdosta State University, GA. Also, Dr. Proskurnya has served as concertmaster of Ocala Symphony Orchestra (FL), 2006-17; Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Orchestras at Beloit College, 2006-11; and as the Music Director of the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra at the Texas A&M University (Kingsville), 2011-13.
Dr. Proskurnya has taught master classes in the United States, Italy, Spain, Russian Federation, and Taiwan. He has performed throughout Canada, Greece, Finland, Italy, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Russian Federation, and the United States as a guest conductor, violist, and violinist.
Presently, Dr. Proskurnya is serving as an adjunct professor of UAA department of music and director of UAA Sinfonia. Also, he is a director of International Academy of Advanced Conducting after Ilia Musin, Visiting Lecturer at the Music Department of West Virginia State University (Institute), concertmaster of the Anchorage Civic Orchestra (AK), and the first violinist of “AKamerata” String Quartet.