2017-2018 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.