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WIU's Bruce Briney named Conductor of the Year

March 21, 2013

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University Music Professor Bruce Briney was recently named Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras.

Briney, who is the music director of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, says he is honored to have received the award, but that it wouldn't have been possible without his orchestra staff.

Members of the orchestra nominated the trumpet professor for the award. An Illinois Council of Orchestras committee then reviewed the submissions and voted on the winner of the award.

"While I'm named in this award, I have to acknowledge that we have an outstanding team of people that organize and promote our organization," Briney said.

Over the past five years, the Quincy Symphony Orchestra has had a 67 percent growth in attendance. Briney says this has allowed the orchestra to stage more special productions that attract larger audiences, such as the Chicago Symphony's Beyond the Score multimedia production of Dvorak's "New World Symphony."

Briney was named the music director of Quincy Symphony Orchestra in 2007.

He is also a member of the Quad Cities Symphony and has performed with several other orchestras and groups, including the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

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