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Lunchtime Classics for March 2: Cellist Wayne Krigger

Wayne Krigger plays the music of Andy McLeroy

Wayne Krigger's cello playing experience began at the age of 13 in the Louisville Public Schools. Two years later, he was teaching cello and directing ensembles in a summer program for inner-city youth under the mentorship of Virginia Schneider, a professional musician who introduced the Suzuki method to Louisville. At this time, Ms. Schneider insisted that Wayne begin learning and playing the violin, also. Wayne continued teaching cello in after-school programs throughout high school. Those few years of teaching and playing made it clear to Wayne that this would be his passion in life.

Wayne received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in cello performance at the University of Louisville and, in 1983, joined the university as a teacher in the Preparatory Department. He also began teaching fitness, dance, and tennis in the Health, Physical Education and Sports Studies Department. After 13 years in the HPESS Department, he left to devote more time to teaching and performing. He began traveling as a guest clinician to other preparatory programs in the country to teach cello, and to coach and conduct ensembles. Wayne is in great demand as a workshop teacher throughout the Midwest and South. Locally, Wayne has conducted the Governor’s Scholar Orchestra and the All County Orchestra for Middle Schools in Kentucky, which he greatly enjoyed.

Composer Andy McLeroy's recently completed projects were both suites for solo cello: Six Memories and Line & Landscape. Six Memories received its radio debut on 90.5 FM WUOL’s Brave New World program and its performance premier at the Hear + Now Music Series at Hotel 21c. Line & Landscape will be premiered on Classical 90.5’s Lunchtime Classics series on March 2, 2011.

Andy studied composition under Jeremy Beck, Kurt Sander and Rachel Grimes. His music is available for purchase online through Apple iTunes and Amazon.com.

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