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Uchimura named Michigan string Teacher of the Year

Feb. 3, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University music professor Bruce Uchimura has been named Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

Uchimura was presented with the honor at the Michigan Music Conference Jan. 21-23 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

"Bruce's dedication to the highest level of string teaching, as well as music teaching in general, has been evident in all his activities," says Dr. Barry Ross, assistant conductor of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. "This is a well-deserved recognition."

Uchimura joined the WMU faculty in 1987, having taught previously at the Augusta (Ga.) College Center for Creative Arts, Michigan State University and Calvin College and has held orchestral positions in South Carolina, Hawaii, Georgia and Michigan.

He earned a bachelor of music degree from the Julliard School and master of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. At WMU, he is a member of the faculty chamber music ensemble the Merling Trio and is director of the University Orchestra.

He was principal cellist and associate conductor of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra and has performed as a member of the Seraphim String Quartet and as a soloist and conductor throughout the United States.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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