Come out to Travis Park United Methodist Church at 230 East Travis street for our Holiday POPs concert on December 15th at 6:30 PM. Dr. Joseph Kneer has selected some treasured holiday classics that we all love and enjoy. He has also included a sing along and a piece that he has arranged, Viva will also be performing some excerpts from the Nutcracker to get you primed for our 20th -22nd productions of the Nutcracker.
Conductor and violinist Joseph Kneer currently serves as director of the Trinity Symphony Orchestra, violin faculty member, and string area coordinator at Trinity University in San Antonio. An energetic and versatile presence on the podium, Kneer has conducted numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Oberlin Chamber Players, the Mercyhurst String Ensemble and community string chamber music program, the Mercyhurst Civic Orchestra, and the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Chancel Choir in Baltimore. Recent and upcoming conducting collaborations and engagements include Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with Jinjoo Cho, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with pianist Carolyn True, Poulenc’s Gloria with the Trinity University Choir, a period production of Dido and Aeneas with Trinity’s Opera Workshop, Symphony Viva’s production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, and the International Conducting Workshop and Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. Prior appointments include Mercyhurst University and the Peabody Preparatory.
An active recitalist and chamber musician, Kneer has performed on concert series and in orchestras across the country. In 2015 he completed a regional concert tour of the Brahms violin sonatas with pianist Shirley Yoo and was awarded the Peabody Chamber Music Prize for his work with the Aurora Piano Trio, a group he co-founded in 2008. Joseph is a strong advocate for new music and has programmed the orchestral and string works of many living composers, including Chen Zhangyi, Douglas Buchanan, Joshua Bornfield, Brian Bondari, and Roger Zare.
Kneer holds a B.M. in Violin Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, an M.M. and D.M.A. in Violin Performance from the Peabody Institute, and an M.M. in Theory Pedagogy, also from Peabody. Kneer’s principal conducting and violin teachers include Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, Mary West, Milan Vitek, Herbert Greenberg, and Violaine Melançon.