Oleg Proskurnya, Co-founder

B.M.A., M.M.A., St. Petersburg Conservatory
D.M.A., University of South Carolina
Dr. Proskurnya earned a Master’s Degree in performance on violin and viola from the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Conservatory. He was the violinist of the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and served as Associate concertmaster of the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra. In 1988, he immigrated to the USA and served as the principal violinist of the second violin section with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra until 2003.
Dr. Proskurnya studied conducting under Professor Ilia Musin from 1994 to 1999. He assisted Professor Musin at the International Conducting Workshop, St. Petersburg, RF. He also served as the assistant conductor for the Symphony Orchestra of the University of South Carolina, where he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting. In 1997, Oleg founded the International Academy of Advanced Conducting. In 1998, he again assisted Ilia Musin working with the International Conducting Workshop.
From 1999 to 2001, Proskurnya served as music director of the Sochi Symphony Orchestra, Russia, and since 2002 has served as a guest conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society Symphony Orchestra. He was adjunct professor of Georgia College and State University, guest faculty member at Valdosta State University, and concertmaster of the Central Florida Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Proskurnya has taught master classes in the United States, Italy, Spain, Russian Federation, and Taiwan. He has performed throughout Canada, Greece, Finland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Russian Federation, and the United States as a guest conductor, violist, and violinist.

From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Proskurnya has served as an Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Orchestras at Beloit College.
In the fall of 2011, Dr. Proskurnya joined the Texas A&M University - Kingsville Department of Music as an Assistant Professor of Music and become the Music Director of the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra.


Leonid Korchmar

He had taken classes at Moscow (class by Prof. Gindzburg) and Leningrad Conservatories. In 1975 he graduated from Leningrad State Conservatory named after N. Rimsky-Korsakov (class by Prof. Musin). He was à [assistant] conductor of Saint-Petersburg Philharmony Orchestra for two years. 1976 - 1979 he was the conductor of the state symphony orchestras at Voronez and Ekaterinburg.
From 1979 - 1984 he was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the State Saratov Philharmony orchestra. During the years of 1986 - 1988 he was the conductor of the State Saint-Petersburg Chamber "Saint-Petersburg Opera" musical theatre.
Since 1989 he has been the conductor at Mariinsky Theatre.
He was conducting the orchestras of Saint-Petersburg and Moscow Philharmonies, Moscow State orchestra many times. He has toured through Germany, Scandinavia, Italy, USA, France and Portugal with the company of Mariinsky Theatre and as guest conductor.
During the years 1999 - 2001 at the stage of Mariinsky Theatre and the halls of St Petersburg and Moscow Philharmonies he had conducted concert performances of the operas "Didona and Eney", "Ortheus and Euridica", "Country Honor", "Nabukko" and others.
He staged the performances of"Somnambule" and "Barber of Seville" at Kurasaare Opera festival (Estonia)during the years 2000 - 2001.
He is the Professor of opera and symphony conducting at Saint-Petersburg conservatory.





Scott Woodard

Scott E. Woodard

Scott E. Woodard was born in Huntington, WV and is the Founding Music Director and Conductor of the Charleston Chamber Orchestra of Charleston, WV and Associate/Cover Conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Dr. Woodard serves as Director of Instrumental Music at West Virginia State University in Institute, WV, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, and teaches the Advanced Conducting Studio. In addition to his conducting duties, Dr. Woodard serves the University as its Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Woodard conducted by invitation in Vienna, Graz and Salszburg, Austria in November of 2007. His study of conducting has taken him all over the world as a contestant in workshops and competitions. Beginning in 2005, Dr. Woodard began his studies in the methods of the Leningrad School of conduction with students of its originator, Professor Ilya Musin. His primary teachers were Dr. Leonid Korchmar of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory of Music and the Mariinsky Theatre,  Dr. Oleg Proskurnya, and Dr. Paul A. Balshaw. In 2005 and 2011, Dr. Woodard conducted orchestras of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society and the Mariinsky Theatre in concerts throughout the former Russian capitol. In 2006, he was named First Prize Winner of the International Conductor's Workshop Competition and served as Guest Conductor of the Macon Symphony Orchestra in Macon, GA. In the summer of 2011, Dr. Woodard was awarded First Prize at the International Academy of Advanced Conducting in St. Petersburg and is now a full faculty member of the Academy. He is currently in demand as a guest conductor with orchestras across the United States.

Dr. Woodard lives in Scott Depot, WV with his wife Nafi, who is a family practice physician, and their son, Gabriel.



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