Jeremy Starr, D.M.A.
Department of Music Box 4029
D.M.A. The University of Iowa, Orchestral Conducting
M.A. University of Iowa, Orchestral Conducting
B.M. Brigham Young University, Violin Performance
Jeremy Starr is Director of Orchestras and head of string studies at Emporia State University. He was also named the director of the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra in fall 2011. Starting in fall 2010, he began and presently continues to serve as Music Director for the “Joyful Noise: A Music and Prairie Family Camp”. Dr. Starr is also active as a guest conductor and clinician having conducted the Topeka Symphony Orchestra in December 2012 and given 41 clinics to various high school orchestras during his first three years at ESU. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Arts degrees in orchestral conducting from The University of Iowa studying with mentor, Dr. William LaRue Jones. From fall 2006 to spring 2009, he served as Music Director of the St. Ambrose University Community Symphony Orchestra. He received additional conducting instruction in January 2009 from Gustav Meier in Chihuahua, Mexico, and in the summer of 2008 from Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors. He served as Music Director for the Emporia Summer Strings from 2003–2004. During the summer he teaches violin/viola and directs the orchestras at the Music, Arts, Theatre (MAT) Camp in Evanston, Wyoming.
As a violinist he has twice won university-sponsored concerto competitions and led numerous university and festival orchestras as concertmaster. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Brigham Young University, where he studied violin with Vesna and Igor Gruppman. While in Utah he played in the Orchestra at Temple Square, the performing and recording volunteer orchestra for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and, consequently, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He spent 2003–2004 playing in the Wichita Symphony and performed the position of Principal Second Violin in the Dubuque Symphony from 2005–2006.