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Director Biographies

Stella Hastings | Carolann Martin | Carlton McCreery
Walter Osadchuk | Walter McCray | Gabriella Campbell | Winona McLatchey

Stella Hastings (Director 2001 - ) Stella Hastings, Director of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra

Assistant Professor of Music (2001)
Orchestra, Theory, and Voice

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.

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.

Carolann Martin (Director, 1977 - 2001) Carolann Martin, Director of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra from 197_ to 2000

Professor Emeritus

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.

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.

Carlton H. McCreery (Director, 1974 - 1977) Carlton McCreery, Director of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra from __ to __

Carlton 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.

Short bio from University of Alabama School of Music
Bio from the Tupelo Symphony
Cadek Trio page from the U. of Alabama

Walter Boris Osadchuk (Director, 1952 - )

In 1952, Walter Osadchuk accepted a position at Pittsburg State University, where he served as orchestra director, instructor of cello, and upper and lower brass. While at PSU, he founded the Southeastern Kansas Youth Orchestra. He was a cellist in the Resident String Quartet at PSU.

Morning Sun Obituary

Walter McCray (Director, 1920 - ) Walter McCray, Director of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra from 1920 to __

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.

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).

The Walter McCray Special Collection, Axe Library

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.

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