John Strickler

John Strickler


Freelance Conductor
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2015Mozart: Serenade No. 13, K. 525, G major (Eine kleine Nachtmusik)Guest Conductor


Throughout his career, John Strickler has been praised for his innovative concert programs, prompting the press to declare him &ldquo…a true master at programming.”  During his 23 years as Music Director of the Topeka (KS) Symphony and also with the Gulf Coast Symphony in Biloxi, MS for 15 years, his programs offered a “...judicious balance of the familiar and the progressive,” and performances he led were described as “flawless,” “tour de force,” and “rousing.”   Singers and instrumentalists alike praise Strickler’s work as an accompanist.  Itzhak Perlman and Frederica von Stade found him to be a very sensitive and most accommodating conductor.  Over the years, Strickler has enjoyed performing with such distinguished artists as:  Joseph Alessi, Jasmine Choi, Daniel Adni, Jeffrey Biegel, Daniel Beliavsky, Larisa Elisha, Steven Elisha, Ina Faliks, Claudio Jaffe, Julius Kim, Sharan Leventhal, Brian Lewis, Marina Lomazov, Richetta Manager, Horia Mihail, Jon Nakamatsu, Michael Pearson, Artur Pizarro, Sandra Rivers, Jung Pill Ryu, Stephen Salters, Wayne Shepperd, David Shifrin, Wendy Warner, Andre Watts, Ivan Zenaty, the Canadian Brass, the Elaris Duo, the Gramercy Trio, and Five By Design. During one of his guest conducting appearances, Strickler stood on Dvorak’s podium for a performance of the “New World Symphony” with the North Czech Philharmonic in Dvorak Hall in Prague’s Rudolfinum.  He also led the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic in a program of Haydn and Mozart in Vienna’s Kaisersaal, and he spent three weeks in Romania conducting the Philharmonic Orchestras in the cities of Ploieste, Bacau, and Brasov. In 1998, Dr. Strickler was a recipient of the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award in recognition of his contribution to the cultural life of Topeka and northeast Kansas.  Further, the opening concert of the Topeka Symphony’s 60th anniversary season, featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, was televised by KTWU TV and received a Telly Award in 2007.   In Mississippi, the Gulf Coast Symphony performed with the famed tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, and was invited to tour with Andre Bocelli.  In May of 2014, the Mayor of Pascagoula, MS presented him with a commendation and a Key to the City in recognition of his commitment and dedication to music on the Gulf Coast. A native of New Glarus, Wisconsin, Strickler graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin.  He holds a Master’s in conducting and a Ph.D. in theory from the University of Southern California.
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Mozart: Serenade No. 13, K. 525, G major (Eine kleine Nachtmusik) Immediately Belhaven University 2015