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composer , educator , musician , Orchestra conductor , violinist , violist

J. J. Swift, Musician, composer, orchestra conductor, educator, violist, violinist. Named Outstanding Young Woman of America. Member American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, American String Teachers Association, Minnesota Composers Forum, Minnesota Music Teacher Association (master certified), Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Beta Lambda.

Background

Swift, J. J. was born on October 14, 1954 in Fairmont, Minnesota, United States. Daughter of Dean Charles and Eunice Loretta (Brugman) Swift.

Education

Bachelor of Music magna cum laude, St. Cloud (Minnesota) State University, 1983; Master of Music with honors, Pittsburg (Kansas) State University, 1985; postgraduate, Louisiana State University postgraduate, U. Northern Colorado postgraduate, University of Minnesota.

Career

Manager, S.E. Kansas Symphony, Pittsburgh, 1983-1984; assistant conductor, Mid-American Youth Symphony, 1983-1984; violist, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, 1984-1985; manager, Heartland Symphony Orchestra, Brainerd, Minnesota, 1986-1990; principal violist, Heartland Symphony Orchestra, Brainerd, Minnesota, since 1986; instructor music, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota, since 1989; instructor music, St. John's U., Collegeville, Minnesota, since 1989; instructor music, Brainerd (Minnesota) Community College, since 1993. Private teacher music, Onamia and St. Cloud, since 1986. Free-lance violist, since 1986.

Principal violist St. Cloud Symphony, 1986-1990, Control Minnesota Chamber Orchestra, St. Cloud, since 1989, Pastiche, St. Joseph, since 1989, Amadeus Chamber Symphony.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer: Symphony in C. (finale), 1984, Three Tableaux, 1985, Heart in the Forest, 1988, Festival of Carols, 1989, Violin Sonata, Indream, Stormhaven, orchestral and chamber ensemble and solo works, others.

Membership

Member American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, American String Teachers Association, Minnesota Composers Forum, Minnesota Music Teacher Association (master certified), Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Beta Lambda.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: animals, horseback riding, house plants, video games, reading.

Connections

father:
Dean Charles Swift

mother:
Eunice Loretta (Brugman) Swift