“It all started when she was 4 years old, watching ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,’ ” writes Andria Segedy in Sunday’s (7/31) Savannah Morning News (Georgia). “Adrianne Munden-Dixon, a Savannah native who is now a contract musician with the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, saw a father/son team play the violin on that iconic educational show. ‘I became completely fixated on the sound and look of the violin,’ she said…. [Her parents] contacted the Savannah Symphony Orchestra [the predecessor orchestra to the Philharmonic], and contracted with violinist Kerry Sellman to teach their daughter the violin.” Munden-Dixon went on to study at Carnegie Mellon University, where “she earned a master’s in music performance. While there, she was a core member and assistant concert master of the Butler County Orchestra…. Last September, she started playing with the Savannah Philharmonic and signed her first contract a few months ago for the 2016-17 season. Playing with the Philharmonic brings her back together with two former teachers. The Philharmonic’s principal violist LiZhou Liu was her private teacher in high school, and trombonist Carl Pope was her orchestra director at Savannah Arts Academy.” The article is the first in a weekly series of profiles of six Savannah Philharmonic musicians.
Posted August 5, 2016