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Mercyhurst's Moser new director of Erie Junior Phil

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Jonathan Moser, an instructor of music at Mercyhurst University, has been appointed music director for the Erie Junior Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic Executive Director Steve Weiser announced.

In addition to his teaching duties at Mercyhurst, Moser plays principal second violin with the Erie Philharmonic and is director of the Mercyhurst Civic Orchestra, which includes Mercyhurst students and faculty as well as nonprofessional musicians of all ages from the surrounding community.

“From co-founding the new Suzuki Music at Mercyhurst program to working alongside my fellow faculty in outreach in the public schools, I have begun to teach and inform about careers in music and about music in general,” Moser said. “Now, with the support of the Erie Philharmonic staff, I am so excited to further this education through outreach and to build up the region’s premier youth orchestra, the Erie Junior Philharmonic. It is a time ripe with opportunity and I believe we are poised to experience a great revival in music education all across Erie County and beyond.”

Moser began his formal musical education at age 5 as a violin student. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Shenandoah University and a Master of Music in Performance from Arizona State University, and has done additional doctoral studies in performance. He joined the Mercyhurst faculty in fall 2016 after serving as orchestra director and instructor of music at both Kutztown University and Westminster College.

Moser will direct the Civic Orchestra in a concert titled “A Mercyhurst Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. The concert will also feature the Mercyhurst Concert Choir, directed by C. Thomas Brooks, who also directs the Erie Philharmonic Chorus.

Soloist James Bobick will join the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije Suite for Orchestra and Baritone. The program also includes Vivaldi’s Gloria in D Major RV 589 for Chorus, Soloists and Orchestra, and concludes with a Christmas carol singalong. Tickets are $5 for general admission, or $2 for Mercyhurst faculty and students and youths 12 and under. For more information, call 814-824-2394.