The 2017-18 season is Timothy Semanik’s seventh season as music director of the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Semanik has a diverse conducting background, having worked equally in the orchestral, operatic, and choral fields. In addition to his position with the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, he currently serves as music director for the Bradley Symphony Orchestra and has held similar positions with the Carleton College Orchestra, University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Central Illinois Youth Symphony, and the Northern Illinois University Philharmonic. He has served as guest conductor for the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Youth Symphony, the Windsor Symphony, the Elmhurst Symphony, the Pacific Chorale, the Pacific Symphony Institute and Youth Orchestra, and the orchestras at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan. Mr. Semanik’s operatic credits include productions with the Midwest Institute of Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, Festival Opera, Light Opera Works, Great Lakes Lyric Opera, Ann Arbor Opera, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, Comic Opera Guild, Ann Arbor Civic Theater, Opera in the Ozarks, Bradley University, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, and California State University, Fullerton. In 2017 he will complete his tenth season as music director for the Savoyaires in Evanston, IL. Mr. Semanik holds a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan.
Lou has played oboe with the SCCO since the 1997-1998 season. A retired systems analyst with System Sensor Inc. of St. Charles, Illinois, he divides his time between R/C model flying, teaching music and church activities in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. He has performed with symphony orchestras in Oak Park, Illinois, Columbia, Missouri, Rochester, Minnesota, Aurora, Illinois, and Greensboro, North Carolina, is a charter member of woodwind quintet, Quintessence, and has enjoyed contributing ecumenically and musically to several churches in the Fox Valley for more than thirty-five years.
Gary Greene holds degrees in music education and musicology and has played horn with the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra since 1999. Dr. Greene now also serves as the program annotator for the group. He brings to the board a significant experience in the management of music ensembles. He served as the Reference Specialist/ Librarian for the American Symphony Orchestra League, 1987-1988, and he has sat on a number of music boards, principally the Monroe [LA] Symphony Orchestra Board of Governors, 1988-1998, and the Danville [IL] Municipal Band, 1980-1983 (President, 1982-1983). On the Monroe Board, his primarily committee assignments were the Artistic Advisory, Conductor Search (Chair), and KEDM Liaison (Chair) Committees.