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Anatol Lysenka, Principal Conductor

After six years as Summer Conductor of the North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Anatol Lysenka was appointed Principal Conductor by the Board of the North Shore Chamber Orchestra in 2010. Anatol Lysenka, Principal Conductor

He was born in Belarus, formerly a part of the Soviet Union.  He earned his first Master’s Degree in conducting at the Belarusian Conservatory of Music.  In 1985 he received his second Master’s Degree in Opera-Symphony conducting at the Moscow State Conservatory. Mr. Lysenkal was awarded first prize for Symphony Orchestra Conducting in the Belarus Republic Contest in 1987.

Mr. Lysenka has participated in a number of major international and Belarusian festivals including the Spring Festival of Music, Belarusian Musical Autumn, Revival of Belarusian Chorus, and Music for Youth (where he did the world premier of the Wagner Symphony #3).  He has conducted numerous orchestras in Eastern Europe.

Since coming to the U.S. in 2000, Maestro Lysenka  has conducted a number of Symphony Orchestras in Illinois.  In 2005 he founded the Tutti Chamber Orchestra located in Chicago.  With American Music Festivals, Mr. Lysenka has guest conducted the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, Community Players Orchestra, and the Glenview Symphony.  His orchestral arrangement of Shostakovich’s Prelude and Fugue #24 was premiered with the Glenview Symphony (2003), and subsequently performed by the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Lysenka has provided valuable outreach for American Music Festivals into the Russian and Belarusian communities in the Chicago area.

Mr. Lysenka has been widely recognized for his orchestral arrangements.  Few conductors possess the level of advanced knowledge and expertise that
he has in interpreting and performing the complex music of Shostakovich and other works by great 20th century Soviet and contemporary Belarusian composers.  Many of these compositions are primarily based on Russian and Jewish folk music, and the history and traditions that are the inspiration for Belarusian music and art.  Mr Lysenka strives to share his native culture through performances and adaptations of these works.

Natallia Lysenka, Assistant Conductor

N. Lysenka is a native of Belarus, where she began studying the mandolin and piano at the age of 6. As a Natalia Lysenkamandolinist, she graduated from the Special School of Music for Gifted Children affiliated with the Belarusian State Conservatory of Music, receiving her Bachelor's degree in 1981. She earned her Master's Degree in Mandolin Performance, Conducting and Pedagogy in 1987, followed by her Doctorate in Conducting in 1996, both from the Belarusian State Conservatory of Music in Minsk.

In 1987, Natallia started working for Belarusian college of Music and Arts. She had supervised the orchestral department and taught classes of the mandolin, conducting, and arrangement. She had been the conductor of the Russian folk orchestra in the college and participated in the teacher's orchestra as a mandolinist.

Natallia had assisted in publications of educational programs for the Belarusian College.

During 1996-2002 Natallia had been part-time professor of conducting at Belarusian Conservatory. Nowadays, her students are conductors of Russian and Belarusian folk orchestras. She has lived in the USA since July of 2002.

Harvey Treger, Founder

Harvey Treger

Harvey Treger, who founded the orchestra in 1980, was an innovator and creative organizer. Professor of Social Work and Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois, Chicago, he had an international reputation for his pioneer work, research and publications in Police Social Work.

He designed, organized and directed a Police-Social Work Demonstration-Research Project, a model for university-community cooperation. By placing social workers and graduate students in police departments, social assessments and early intervention services were provided to misdemeanant juveniles and adult non-violent offenders in crisis with social and emotional problems who came to the attention of the police. This award-winning program has added a new specialty in social work practice - "Police Social Work" It is now in 57 police departments in Illinois, in communities throughout the nation, and in Europe.

Professor Treger turned his lifelong hobby of playing the cello and love of music into building the North Shore Chamber Orchestra, which provides opportunity and enrichment for many. He passed away on August 17, 2016,after organizing, managing, guiding and promoting the orchestra for 35 seasons.

Susan Merdinger – Solo Pianist

Steinway Artist SUSAN MERDINGER, who Fanfare Magazine has hailed for her “magic touch” and for keeping audiences “spellbound from first note to last”, recently performed at the Logan Center for the Arts on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series in her sixth engagement on the CSO series. Merdinger has graced the New York stages of Carnegie and Merkin, as well as many of the finest venues of Europe, Canada and Mexico, performing with orchestras such as The Chicago Philharmonic, The Highland Park Strings and the Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico. She has appeared live on radio stations such as WQXR and WFMT, as well as BBC Television in the UK, and is a First Prize Winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, the Artists International Young Musicians Competition and Distinguished Artists Awards, the Dewar’s Young Musicians Award in Music, and a Gold Medal in the Global Music Awards. Merdinger is completing the entire cycle of Sonatas for Piano and Violin and Piano and Cello by Beethoven in an ongoing project for Live from WFMT. A noted interpreter of Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn and Mozart, Merdinger was fortunate to study with some of the world’s expert “Beethoven pianists” such as Claude Frank, Walter Hautzig, and Karl Ulrich Schnabel at Yale University, Manhattan School of Music and privately in New York City. Merdinger currently lives in Highland Park, IL, where she teaches privately and is on the Piano Faculty at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest. She is Artistic Director of Sheridan Music Studio, The Five Greenes and Pianissimo! This concert marks Ms. Merdinger's third appearance with the North Shore Chamber Orchestra.

Krista Hagglund – Solo Harpist

Krista Hagglund is a homeschooled senior from Lake Villa, IL. She has been playing the harp for six years and currently studies harp under the direction of Marguerite Lynn Williams. Krista is the principal harpist at Midwest Young Artists Conservatory (MYAC). She regularly performs as part of their chamber and orchestra ensembles. MYAC hosts the Walgreen’s National Concerto Competition where Krista earned honorable mention. Through MYAC she was selected from some of the finest musicians in Illinois to perform at Symphony Center as part of the Chicago Youth in Music Festival under the baton of Gennady Rozdhestvensky. She also competed in the High School Festival at Bob Jones University and was awarded second place. Over the last two years, Krista has performed solos in masterclasses for renowned harpists such as Kathleen Bride, Judy Loman, Naoko Yoshino, and Yolanda Kondanssis. Krista was chosen to perform at the Lyon & Healy Harp Day sponsored by the Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Harp Society, Inc. She also recently formed Belle Harmonie Duo with harpist Anna Hirons.

Anatol Lysenka

Anatol Lysenka, Principal Conductor

Dr. Nattalia Lysenka

Natallia Lysenka, Assistant Conductor