Kira Omelchenko, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music
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.”
Winner of the 2016 International Conductors Workshop and Competition, Dr. Kira Omelchenko is an Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of the Orchestra and String Studies at Florida Southern College. As a 2014 recipient of the National American Prize in Music (Prize Winner in Opera Conducting), she has served as the Interim Artistic Director of the St. Augustine Youth Orchestra as well as the assistant conductor for the Imperial Symphony Orchestra Opera Productions. Prior to Florida Southern College, Dr. Omelchenko served as the Director of Orchestra and Strings Studies at The University of Tampa. In addition, she has been awarded numerous grants including the 2016 Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Development Grant, FSC Faculty Summer Stipend and Professional Grants, American String Teachers Association Grant, as well as the University of Tampa Alumni, Dana, and the David Delo Research Professor Grants.
Upcoming guest conducting engagements include concerts with the Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Symphony and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Omelchenko has guest conducted at the Seasons Music Festival Orchestra in Yakima, Washington and with the Bulgarian State Opera. In 2015 Dr. Omelchenko was selected to participate in a conducting festival in St. Petersburg, Russia where she conducted the orchestra in the historic Mariinsky Theatre. Additional international conducting fellowships include studies in Vienna, Rotterdam and Amsterdam conservatories in the Netherlands and Bulgaria.
As a recipient of the Sigma Alpha Iota Conducting Scholarship, Dr. Omelchenko has lectured and presented at national and state conferences such as NSEE, NAfME, ASTA, and FMEA. As an active lecturer, clinician, and adjudicator, she has conducted several All-County Orchestra Festivals, as well as worked with Middle School and High School students in Summer Orchestra Music Camps at Florida Southern College, The University of Tampa, and the University of Iowa. She currently serves as a clinician and adjudicator for Florida Orchestra Association, Music USA Festival at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, and Brightparks Travel Festivals.
Dr. Omelchenko specializes in orchestra conducting, operatic conducting, and violin performance and instruction. As a violinist, Dr. Omelchenko has performed with Opera Tampa and with IBEX productions in concerts with Andrea Bocelli and the Mannheim Steamroller. During her graduate studies, Dr. Omelchenko 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. In addition, Dr. Omelchenko has been a conducting fellow with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony.
Dr. Omelchenko’s critical edition of G.F. Bristow’s Overture to Rip Van Winkle is recorded and released by the Royal Northern Sinfonia (England) and New World Records (2015). A native of Kansas, Dr. Omelchenko holds a doctoral degree in music from the University of Iowa and degrees from the University of New Mexico and Knox College. More information can be found on Dr. Omelchenko’s personal website www.kiraconductor.com.
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
- First Prize Winner, International Conductors Workshop and Competition, 2016
- SAI (Sigma Alpha Iota) Professional Development Music Grant, 2016
- FSC Faculty Summer Stipend, Conducting in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2015
- American Prize in Music, Third Prize in Opera Conducting, 2014
- ASTA (American String Teachers Association) String Project Grant, 2014
- Professional Development Travel Grant, The University of Tampa, 2012, 2014
- David Delo Research Professor Grant, The University of Tampa, 2013
- Dana Professor Grant, The University of Tampa, 2013
- Alumni Grant, The University of Tampa, 2013
- Inducted into Phi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honors Society, 2012
- Sigma Alpha Iota Conducting Scholarship for Graduate Students, 2011
- Third place, Arts and Research Division, Jakobsen Graduate Student Conference, University of Iowa, 2011
- Conducting Fellow, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, 2011
Publications and Exhibitions
Omelchenko, Kira, editor, “Overture to Rip Van Winkle” from George Frederick Bristow: Symphony No. 2 (“Jullien”)/Overtures. Royal Northern Sinfonia; Rebecca Miller, Conductor. Rec. Oct.-Nov. 2015. New World Records, 2015. CD.
Guest Clinician, Adjudication, and Research Presentations
Clinician and Presenter, Music Educators’ Professional Development Day, Miami-Dade County Schools, Miami, FL, August, 2016.
Clinician and Presenter, Music Educators’ Professional Development Day, Orange County Schools, Orlando, FL, August, 2016.
From Zero to Hero: Strategies for Building a String Program from Scratch Guest Presenter, American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Conference, Tampa, FL, March 2016.
From Zero to Hero: Strategies for Building a String Program from Scratch Guest Presenter, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National Conference Nashville, TN, Oct 2015.
Conductor, Florida Southern College Chamber Orchestra performance Florida Orchestra Association Conference, Orlando, FL, Oct 2015.
Conductor/Clinician, Music USA Performance Festival Universal Studios, Orlando, FL, 2015-present.
Innovative Movement Strategies for the Music Classroom Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) Conference, Tampa, FL, Jan 2015.
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, Sept 2014.
Setting Expectations on and off the Podium. Guest Presenter National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National Conference, Nashville, TN, Oct 2014.
The Art of Editing Music Manuscripts. Honors Symposium, Guest Lecture Series. The University of Tampa, Nov 2014.
Conductor/Clinician, Bright Parks Travel Educational Tour Company (FL), 2014-present.
Conductor/Clinician, American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Viola Day Festival, The University of Tampa, March 2014.
Adjudicator, State Solo/Ensemble Festival (Brandon, FL), March 2014.
Guest Conductor, Polk All-County Festival 11/12 grade Orchestra (FL), Feb 2014.
Guest Conductor, Hillsborough All-County Festival 11/12 grade Orchestra (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, Jan 2014.
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, Oct 2013.
Adjudicator and Clinician, Tampa Classics Music Festival (FL), 2013-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, Tampa, and Lakeland, FL), 2012-present.
Music Leitmotifs in Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings. Paper Presentation. Jakobsen Graduate Student Conference, University of Iowa, March 2011.