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The Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra
Raul Munguia - Artistic Director & Conductor


Director Biographies

Raúl Antonio Munguía
(Director 2012 - Current)

Raúl Antonio Munguía is professor of violin and viola, and the Artistic Director and Conductor of both the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburg State University Chamber Orchestra position that he took in July of 2012. Born in the Caribbean country of Honduras Raúl started playing the violin at age 12 at the Victoriano López Conservatory under the instruction of Jose Chaín Barbot, and Oscar Rodríguez. He held the concertmaster chair of the top orchestra and was also the first violin of the Juan Tutto Diffent String Quartet. Raul Munguia, Director of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra from 2012 to the present

A versatile musician, Raúl combines his work in orchestral conducting with an active career as an orchestral musician and a chamber player. As a violinist, he has held the concertmaster chair with The San Pedro Sula Chamber Orchestra, The Honduran Symphony Orchestra, The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. He has also been first section violin at Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, in Lubbock, TX, as well as the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in Santa Fe, NM, performing on both period and standard violin. His orchestral experience has given him the opportunity to perform with world renowned soloists such as Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer, Plácido Domingo, Yo Yo Ma, Christopher Parkening, Susan Graham, Emanuel Ax, Ruggiero Ricci, James Galway, and Joshua Bell.

As a conductor, Raúl has been guest conductor of the Honduras Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Pedro Sula Chamber Orchestra, the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, The Universidad Federal de Alagoas Symphony Orchestra, and the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. He was cover conductor for the TTU Opera Company for W. A. Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, and Puccini’s La Boheme, which he conducted at Midland, Texas. Future conducting engagements include an invitation as guest conductor this Fall for Maracaibo Youth Symphony Orchestras in Maracaibo, Venezuela, an important branch of Venezuela El Sistema Orchestras.

As a music educator Raúl was a recipient of the Don and Kay Cash Grant from the Graduate School at Texas Tech that allowed him to do research in his native country Honduras on 20th Century Honduran composers. He was also recipient of a TTU String Project Research Grant, as part of the research trip to Maceió, Brazil in May of 2012 lead by Dr. Bruce Wood. Currently an A.B.D. Doctoral Candidate at Texas Tech University, Raúl holds a Master of Music degree in both Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern State University of Louisiana studying violin with Dr. Andrej Kurti, and orchestral conducting with Dr. Douglas Bakenhus. He also holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Redfield working on both standard and period violin.

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Selim Giray
(Director 2010 - 2012)

Dr. Selim Giray serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra and PSU Chamber Orchestra and Associate Professor of Violin and Viola at Pittsburg State University. Between the years of 2000 and 2003, Dr. Giray taught at Interlochen Arts Camp. As a violinist, Dr. Giray has performed extensively in four continents, and has appeared frequently on the radio and television. He has performed as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Currently, he serves as Concertmaster and Assistant Conductor of The Ohio Light Opera. In 2010, Selim Giray has been appointed Field Editor for the Mellen Press. Selim Giray, Director of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2012

Most recently, he has interviewed Eliot Chapo for The Strad (July 2010). Also, he recorded a CD, titled Turkish Music for Violin & Piano for ERMMedia with pianist Dr. June Chun-Young (2010, distributed by Naxos). In addition, he recently edited Adnan Saygun's violin concerto for the Peermusic Classical Europe. In 2003 Edwin Mellen Press published Dr. Giray's treatise, titled A Biography of the Turkish Composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun and a Discussion of his Violin Works. The Ministry of Culture of Turkey published the same work in Turkish, with a preface by then Minister of Culture, Istemihan Talay.

During his tenure at Pittsburg State University, Giray has recruited international students, including Romania, China, South Korea, and Turkey. Within the years his students have won numerous competitions, including various Concerto-Aria and Chamber Music Competitions, and the coveted American String Teachers Association Solo Competition-Winner of 2006 Kansas Chapter. Dr. Giray's students have been accepted in graduate programs at Yale, Rice, the University of Oklahoma, and the Florida State University with assistantships. Some are members of orchestras including the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Kansas City Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony. Selim Giray performs on an exquisite modern violin by master luthier Anton Krutz

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Stella Hastings
(Director 2001 - 2010)

In 2001, Stella Hastings was newly appointed as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Southeast Kansas Symphony. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Professor at Pittsburg State University, Mrs. Hastings was the conductor of the Pittsburg State University Chamber Orchestra and was on faculty at Crowder College. Stella Hastings, Director of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra From 2001 to 2010

A native of Brazil, Mrs. Hastings is an extremely versatile musician bringing a vast array of musical experiences to the Pittsburg community. Professor Hastings' experiences range from conducting large orchestral and choral works with professional symphony musicians to being named Artistic Director for the Austin Boys Choir. Stella maintains an active professional career as a conductor and vocalist on local and national levels. Currently, Professor Hastings is the Assistant Conductor for the New Texas Music Works and the Victoria Bach Festival. She also performs regularly as a member of the critically acclaimed choral ensemble, Conspirare Chorus, under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson.

Mrs. Hastings holds degrees from the University of Kentucky and the University of Texas at Austin. Her studies have also included work at the Aspen Music Festival and various master class performances, most recently for cellist / conductor, Lynn Harrell. At present, Stella is completing work on her doctoral coursework at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Dr. Susan Marchant
(Oratorio Director, 1986 - )

Susan Marchant earned her degrees in the area of organ performance. A native of Buffalo, New York, she received her undergraduate training at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, then earned MM, MMA, and DMA degrees at Yale University. She has been a member of the PSU faculty since 1979, and her teaching duties here have included the areas of applied organ and harpsichord as well as music theory and literature.

Susan Marchant, Director of the Annual Oratoria Concert

An active keyboard performer, she has been presented on a number of prominent recital series across the country and has performed at a national convention of the Organ Historical Society. In June, 1995, she was a featured artist at the Region VI convention of the American Guild of Organists, where she presented a performance of Bach's Clavierübung, Part III. She has also served as harpsichordist and co-director of the Early Music Consort of Kansas City, a period-instrument ensemble. On the campus of Pittsburg State, she guided the project that resulted in the University's acquisition of the Fisk Opus 106 pipe organ, an instrument that has been widely praised for its excellence.

Dr. Marchant's interest in choral conducting was sparked by her extensive work with Daniel Moe at Oberlin. She has served as Director of Choral Activities at Pittsburg State since 1988. The PSU Choirs have been featured at several state conventions of the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA), most recently in February, 2002, and they also maintain an active schedule of on-campus performances and annual touring throughout the region. Biennial spring tours take the ensembles to various parts of the country. Among the recent highlights of such tours have been performances in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Louisville, Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Montreal, and various venues throughout Southern California.

Additionally, Dr. Marchant holds the position of director of music for Pittsburg's First United Methodist Church. This large congregation has earned a regional reputation for the quality of its music program. Its adult choir was chosen, through a national audition process, to perform at the 1992 General Conference of the United Methodist Church held in Louisville. Among this group's other activities was an English tour, a trip that included choral performances in Wesley's Chapel as well as Norwich and Gloucester Cathedrals, and organ recitals for Ms. Marchant in Southwark Cathedral and St. Botolph's, Aldgate.

An active member of a number of professional organizations, she has served on the State Boards of KMEA and KsACDA and is a past dean of both the Ozark and the Southeast Kansas Chapters of the AGO.

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Carolann Martin
(Director, 1977 - 2001)

Dr. Carolann Martin was Musical Director and Conductor of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra and the Southeast Kansas String Orchestra. She is also a Professor of Music at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. She has conducted orchestras in many states throughout the United States of America as well as in England and South America. She conducted the Bournemouth Sinfonietta in Bournemouth, England, UK, and produced a CD of orchestral works by American women composers called "Journeys" which was widely acclaimed and reviewed in the press. The album also included one work recorded with the Arioso Chamber Orchestra in Hartford, Connecticut. This CD was played on National Public Radio in the USA as well as on many radio stations throughout the nation. She was featured twice in Audio Magazine and was the subject of an hour-long interview with Studs Terkel in Chicago's WFMT. Carolann Martin, Director of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra from 1977 to 2001

Dr. Martin was the first woman ever to conduct the National Orchestra in Paraguay, the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Ciudad de Asuncion. She has conducted on four concerts with that orchestra was invited to return summer of 2001. She also conducted a concert with the National Youth Orchestra of Paraguay.

Dr. Martin was winner of the National Adult Conducting Competition in 1980. She was the first woman ever to win or reach the finals in that contest. She conducted several performances of Tchaikovsky's complete "Nutcracker" ballet with the Houston Civic Ballet and the Victoria Symphony in Texas. She was Assistant Conductor two years at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her conducting teachers have included Max Rudolph, Otto Werner-Mueller, Harold Farberman, and Elizabeth Green.

Dr. Martin is also an accomplished cellist and teacher of cello and bass. Her cello instructors include Gorden Epperson, Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, and Frank Miller. She was principal cellist with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the Sioux City Symphony in Iowa. She also performed professionally with symphony orchestras in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), Columbus (Ohio), Norfolk (Virginia), and Tucson (Arizona.) She currently plays with the North Arkansas Symphony in Fayetteville and has played with the Springfield Symphony in Missouri. She is a member of the Pittsburg State University Faculty String Quartet.

Her education includes Bachelor's Degree in Music from Oklahoma City University, Master of Arts from Ohio State University and Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a double emphasis on cello performance and conducting from Arizona University. She has had further study at Indiana University and at numerous workshops and clinics.

Dr. Martin is listed in the "International Who's Who of Music," the "World's Who's Who of Women," the "Who's Who of American Women" and others.

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Carlton H. McCreery
(Director, 1974 - 1977)

Carlton Carlton McCreery, Director of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra from 1974 to 1977 McCreery currently serves as director of orchestral studies at the University of Alabama and performs with the internationally acclaimed Cadek Trio. In addition, he is the principal conductor of the Repertory Symphony Orchestra at the Brevard (N.C.) Music Center and principal cellist of the center's Festival Orchestra during the summers.

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Walter Boris Osadchuk
(Director, 1952 - )

Walter Osadchuk was born on December 24, 1924, at Hamtranak Michigan, and attended the Hamtranak public schools. He was graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, receiving a bachelor's and master's degree in music. In World War II he performed with an Army Air Force Band in the Philippines.

He began teaching in Pittsburg in 1952 and served as orchestra director, instructor of cello, and upper and lower brass. While in Pittsburg, he founded the Southeastern Kansas Youth Orchestra and was a cellist in the Resident String Quartet.

Walter McCray
(Director, c.1920 - c.1947)

Dr. Walter McCray was the second director of the Department of Music at Pittsburg State University and served in that capacity from September 1914 to August 1946. He died on December 5, 1959. Carlton McCreery, Director of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra from about 1920 to 1947

McCray was a native of Kansas and a 1924 graduate of the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, and a 1931 graduate of the Columbia School of Music, also in Chicago. He was a student of Herman Belstedt, a premier cornet soloist, bandmaster, and composer. McCray also studied with Carl Busch, J. F. King, and Lenore Scott in Chicago, and with Harbard Basse at the Conservatory of Music in Stockholm, Sweden.

McCray's teaching experience included one year, 1899-1900, as director of Music in the Reno County Community Normal and High School in Nickerson, Kansas, and two years, 1901-1903, as head of the band department and teacher at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. From 1904-1920 he was conductor of McCray's Concert Band and gained wide experience as conductor of choral societies, operas, and orchestras, and as supervisor of school music.

In 1914 McCray came to Pittsburg State University, known then as the State Manual Training Normal School, as professor and director of the Department of Music. In the spring of 1915 he inaugurated an annual music festival for students in secondary education, the first undertaking of its type in the institutions of higher learning in Kansas.

Under McCray's direction, each year from 1915 to 1946 the Music Department of Pittsburg State University produced Handel's oratorio, "The Messiah," with assistance from guest performers and community members. More than twenty other major musical works were produced under McCray's direction during those years. McCray retired from the University in September 1947. For further information see also John K. Sehnert, "Walter McCray and the Music Department at Pittsburg State University," (Unpublished master's thesis, 1991).

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Gabriella Campbell
(Director, 1917 - 1919)

During the years 1917 through 1919, the orchestra doubled in size to 24 members under the direction of Miss Gabriella Campbell, a music graduate from the Teachers college at Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Winona McLatchey
(Director, 1915 - 1917)

Miss Winona McLatchey directed the orchestra for its first two years with approximately twelve musicians under her direction. Miss McLatchey was a graduate of the Washburn music department and had continued her studies at Columbia university.