An active performer on violin and viola, Maureen Murchie is in demand as a soloist, leader, chamber musician, and teacher. In addition to her work as Concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, recent performing engagements include the baroque and contemporary orchestras of Trinity Wall Street, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Apollo’s Fire, Harry Connick Jr., El Mundo (Carnegie Hall, Feb 2023), and the Broadway pits of Tootsie, Parade, and Farinelli and the King. In December 2021 she was a featured soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the American Classical Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall.

Maureen grew up in Sendai, Japan and in 1995 won first prize at the Bach Hall Classical Music Competition in Nakaniida, Japan. She holds degrees from Baylor University (magna cum laude) and a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she wrote a dissertation on the history of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dr. Murchie has held teaching positions at Eastern Illinois University, McLennan Community College, University of Illinois, Neuqua Valley High School, and InterSchool Orchestras of New York. She is currently on faculty at the University of Mary and serving as Orchestra Director at Bismarck High School.

Having attended Japanese schools through high school, Maureen speaks, reads, and writes Japanese at a native level and has worked as a Japanese translator, interpreter, and editor,