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Staff

Christopher Koch

Music Director & Conductor

Christopher Koch is currently Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras and Wind Symphony at Drury University, Music Director of the Springfield Regional Opera, and Music Director of the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, and was Music Director of Ensemble 21, Springfield’s professional contemporary music ensembles. He has appeared as a guest conductor with orchestras across the United States, Australia, and Canada and is nationally active as an early music specialist (recorder) in numerous recital, concerto, and conference performances.  Under his direction, Drury ensembles have toured regionally and performed at conferences of the Missouri Music Educator’s Association and Arkansas Music Educator’s Association, participated in national composer commission projects, and been recognized nationally by the College Band Director’s Association, the American Prize Competition, and by numerous granting organizations.  He received his Bachelor of Music degrees in flute performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music, Master of Music degrees in flute and orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Washington.  He is also a contributing author for the book series A Composer’s Insight: Thoughts, Analysis, and Commentary on Comtemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band (Meredith Music Publications). Dr. Koch resides in Springfield with his wife Danielle and daughter Ella.

Amy Andreassen

Assistant Conductor 

Amy Andreassen is Assistant Conductor of the Springfield Regional Opera and of the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra.   She is also an accomplished horn player and frequently performs throughout Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas in a variety of ensembles including SoNA, Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, Springfield Symphony, Springfield Regional Opera Orchestra, and the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra.  She earned a Master of Music degree in Horn Performance from Northern Illinois University in 2000, with emphases in conducting and theory. She was Director of Instrumental Activity at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska from 2000 to 2003. Classroom work quickly became one of her most rewarding endeavors.  She is most  passionate about collaborating with musicians whose desire it is to make music of the highest quality.