WCP Announces New Principal Conductor

The Board of Directors of the Waterloo Chamber Players is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kira Omelchenko as our new Principal Conductor, beginning in the 2023-2024 season.

Winner of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition, Dr. Kira Omelchenko is the Associate Dean of Performance and Recruitment, Associate Professor of Music, and the Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Music (Ontario, Canada).

Dr. Omelchenko has a busy conducting schedule with upcoming engagements including Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Opera Academy, Orlando All-County Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and residencies in New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Papua New Guinea, British Columbia, Wyoming, and Hawaii.

As an innovative leader in community engagement and an advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, Dr. Omelchenko serves on the orchestra panel for And We Were Heard (AWWH), an organization that brings quality recordings of works by underrepresented composers, and is a mentor for Girls Who Conduct, a program that encourages the upcoming generation of women, women-identifying, and non-binary conductors.

You can read more about Dr. Omelchenko on our website.

We are inspired by Dr. Omelchenko’s musicality, passion, and vision for our orchestra and are excited about our collective future together. Please join us in welcoming Maestro Omelchenko to the Waterloo Chamber Players!

Kira Omelchenko