Kira Omelchenko, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor of Music
Orchestra Conductor
Director of Strings

My goal as an educator is to be a positive role model to my students in everything I do. I aim to encourage, mentor and challenge students in new and exciting ways so they can challenge themselves and support their peers. Music for me is a means of self expression and a way to communicate and connect emotionally with others. In the classroom I strive to bring individuals together and create a sense of community.”

Dr. Kira Omelchenko is assistant professor of music and the director of the Orchestra and Strings at Florida Southern College. Prior to Florida Southern College, she served as the director of Orchestra and Strings Studies at the University of Tampa. She is the recent recipient of the ASTA String grant, as well as the UT Alumni, Dana, and the David Delo Research Professor Grants. She specializes in orchestral conducting, operatic conducting, and violin performance and instruction. Dr. Omelchenko has conducted at several All-County Orchestra Festivals, as well as worked with Middle School and High School students at Orchestra Summer Music Camps at the University of Tampa and the University of Iowa. She is in great demand as a guest conductor, lecturer, clinician, and adjudicator.

Dr. Omelchenko has served as the music director of St. Ambrose University Community Symphony Orchestra in Davenport. She was also the assistant conductor to opera production at the University of Iowa, the University of New Mexico, as well as the International Opera Lyric Academy in Viterbo, Italy. Dr. Omelchenko has also been a conducting fellow with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and was the recipient of the 2012 Sigma Alpha Iota Conducting Scholarship.

International conducting fellowships include studies in Vienna, Rotterdam and Amsterdam conservatories in the Netherlands, and Bulgaria. As guest conductor, she has conducted at the Seasons Music Festival Orchestra in Yakima, Washington and with the Bulgarian State Opera in Burgas.

More information can be found on my personal website


D.M.A., Musical Arts, Orchestral Conducting, University of Iowa
M.M., Music, Orchestral Conducting, University of New Mexico
B.A., Music and Theatre/Dance concentration, Knox College (IL)

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Finalist for The American Prize in Conducting
  • 2014 ASTA (American String Teachers Association) String Project Grant
  • 2013 Professional Development Travel Grant,
    • College of Arts and Letters, The University of Tampa
  • 2013 David Delo Research Professor Grant, The University of Tampa
  • 2013 Dana Professor Grant, The University of Tampa
  • 2013 Alumni Grant, The University of Tampa
  • 2012 Professional Development Travel Grant
    • College of Arts and Letters, The University of Tampa
  • 2012 Inducted into Phi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honors Society
  • 2012 Commission for a new composition by an Iowa City Composer
    • St. Ambrose University Community Symphony
  • 2011 Sigma Alpha Iota Conducting Scholarship for Graduate Students
  • 3rd place, Arts and Research Division, Jakobsen Graduate Student Conference
    • University of Iowa
  • Conducting Fellow, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony

Publications or Exhibitions

Guest Clinician, Adjudication, and Research Presentations

Sept 2014
Innovative Movement and Music Strategies in the Classroom
Presentation with Professor Susannah LeMarquand (Dance Department)
National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) National Conference.
Baltimore, MD.

Oct 2014
Setting Expectations on and off the Podium. Guest Lecturer
National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National Conference, Nashville, TN.

Nov 2014
The Art of Editing Music Manuscripts. Honors Symposium, Guest Lecture Series. The University of Tampa

2014-present Conductor/Clinician, Bright Parks Travel Educational Tour Company (FL)

March 2014 Conductor/Clinician, American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Viola Day Festival, The University of Tampa

March 2014 Adjudicator, State Solo/Ensemble Festival (Brandon, FL)

Feb 2014 Guest Conductor, Polk All-County Festival 11/12 grade Orchestra (FL)

Jan 2014 Guest Conductor, Hillsborough All-County Festival 11/12 grade (FL)

Jan 2014 The Art of Editing Music Manuscripts. Paper Presentation. Faculty Colloquium. The University of Tampa

Jan 2014 Setting Expectations on and off the Podium. Paper Presentation. Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) Conference. Tampa, FL.

Oct 2013 Using Music to Teach Innovation and Technology Management. Presentation with Professor Michael Weeks (Business College) National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) National Conference. St. Petersburg, FL.

Sept 2013 Conducting Opera in Bulgaria. The University of Tampa

2013-present Adjudicator and Clinician, Tampa Classics Music Festival (FL)

2012-present Adjudicator, All-State Festival (Tampa, FL) Florida Orchestra Association and Florida Music Educators Association

2012-present Adjudicator and Clinician, Solo/Ensemble Festival, Florida Orchestra Association (Orlando and Tampa, FL.)

March 2011 Music Leitmotifs in Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings. Paper Presentation. Jakobsen Graduate Student Conference, University of Iowa