Conductor and violinist Joseph Kneer currently serves as Music Director of Alamo City Symphony Viva and Conductor of the Trinity Symphony Orchestra at Trinity University. A recent finalist in the 2021 Los Angeles Conducting Competition, Kneer has conducted many orchestras and ensembles, including the Oberlin Chamber Players, the Mercyhurst String Ensemble and community string chamber music program, the Mercyhurst Civic Orchestra, and the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Chancel Choir in Baltimore. Recent collaborations and engagements include Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with Jinjoo Cho, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with pianist Carolyn True, Poulenc’s Gloria with the Trinity University Choir, a period production of Dido and Aeneas with Trinity’s Opera Workshop, Symphony Viva’s ballet production of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, and the premiere of Roger Zare’s commissioned work Neowise for the TSO in May 2021. Joseph will lead a full year of concerts and ballet performances during the 2021-2022 season, including a newly choreographed Nutcracker with the Alamo City Dance Company and Mozart’s Requiem with the Trinity University Choirs. Kneer’s conducting mentors include Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, Neil Thomson, and Scott Weiss.
An active recitalist and chamber musician, Kneer has performed on numerous concert series and in orchestras across the country. In 2015 he completed a regional concert tour of the Brahms violin sonatas with pianist Shirley Yoo and was awarded the Peabody Chamber Music Prize for his work with the Aurora Piano Trio, a group he co-founded in 2008. Kneer holds a B.M. in Violin Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, an M.M. and D.M.A. in Violin Performance from the Peabody Institute, and an M.M. in Theory Pedagogy, also from Peabody. Kneer’s principal violin teachers include Mary West, Milan Vitek, Herbert Greenberg, and Violaine Melançon. Prior teaching appointments include Mercyhurst University and the Peabody Preparatory.