Christine Mata Eckel

Christine Mata Eckel, Concert Orchestra Conductor for 19 years, is a native of Fairfield, CT, where she began studying piano at the age of 5, adding violin in fourth grade, but her heart fell in love with the sound of the clarinet in sixth grade.  She is grateful for the excellent well-rounded music education she received via the Fairfield Public Schools.  Ms. Eckel has fond memories playing in the Norwalk Youth Symphony, especially under the direction of Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and the opportunity to play in New York’s Carnegie Hall.  Ms. Eckel holds both a Bachelor of Music (with Distinction; ‘97) and a Master of Music (’03) in Education from the UW-Madison.  Her primary clarinet teachers have been Richard Shillea (adjunct Fairfield Univ. & Juilliard Pre-College Div.) and Linda Bartley (UW-Madison).

She has played in the Honor Band of America, under the direction of William Revelli and John P. Paynter, the All-New-England, Connecticut (CT) All-State, and CT-Regional Band and Orchestra, as well as the Fairfield University Orchestra, Madison Wind Ensemble, and Edgewood Chamber Orchestra.  While attending UW, she played in Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta, and Wind Ensemble.  In addition to Prof. Bartley, Ms. Eckel’s primary professors at the UW were James Smith, Gerald Olson, and David Becker.  In 1996, Ms. Eckel enjoyed the collaboration of world-wide perspectives with chamber and orchestral musicians at several music festivals in Switzerland and Italy.

Prior to her appointment as conductor in 2000, Ms. Eckel was the woodwind sectional coach and a chamber ensemble coach for WYSO.  She has been a judge/clinician for WSMA (WI School Music Association)-related events and clinic festivals.  Ms. Eckel also helps as an administrative assistant each summer and has been on faculty occasionally for the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic.  Ms. Eckel has taught band/instrumental music in Madison for 22 years, primarily between Our Lady Queen of Peace School (since 1997) and Eagle School (since 1998).  She performs on clarinet with the Pentissimo Woodwind Quintet and is the mother of two wonderful children!  Ms. Eckel hopes to help spark a continuing interest in the fullness of the symphonic orchestra learning experience—with all the contours, textures, nuances, and depth possible of performing in such a group.

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