The Hawthorne Trio
Faculty of Southwest Missouri State University


The Hawthorne Trio

“the audience leapt to their feet and went away in a daze of pleasure!”
St. Bernard Voice,
New Orleans


The Hawthorne Trio

DAVID HAYS, violinist David Hays has led an active chamber music career in both traditional and early music venues. He has performed with the Sheridan Chamber Players in Chicago and was a finalist at the 1998 Banff International String Quartet Competition with the Fry Street Quartet. On baroque violin, David Hays tours and records with the Minneapolis-based early music ensemble, “Minstrelsy!” and has appeared with the Lyra Concert, the Newberry Consort and the Chicago Baroque Ensemble. An active orchestral player, Mr. Hays has performed at the Tanglewood Festival and with the Minnesota Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Chicago Symphony and is the Concertmaster of the Springfield Symphony. David Hays earned a Doctor of Music at Northwestern University.

AMY MUCHNICK, violist Amy Muchnick has appeared throughout the United States as both violist and conductor. She is the recipient of the prestigious Guarneri String Quartet Fellowship at the University of Maryland where Ms. Muchnick received her Doctor of Musical Arts. Among Ms. Muchnick’s critical recognitions in the area of chamber music have been top honors at the Emerson String Quartet Competition, Beethoven Young Artist Competition of Memphis, and the Columbia International Chamber Music Competition. Ms. Muchnick has served as conductor of the Ozark Festival Orchestra and regularly conducts the Chamber orchestra of Southwest Missouri State University. Amy Muchnick is the Principal Violist of the Springfield Symphony.

MICHAEL MURRAY, cellist Michael Murray’s varied concert activity has taken him throughout the United States and Europe with solo and chamber music recitals. His appearances with the Kansas City Summerfest Series have received enthusiastic critical praise and Murray has shared acclaim for seventeen seasons of recitals with the Hawthorne Trio. Mr. Murray has performed as member of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Kansas City Camerata, Minnesota Composer’s Forum, Arizona Opera and is Principal Cellist of the Springfield Symphony. He has participated in several Italian festivals giving local premieres of American music and was invited to perform a solo recital at the British Academy in Rome. In 2003 Murray was Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. Mr. Murray holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona.


Program Date

03/24/05 7:30 pm


(Donations are greatly appreciated)

Program Overview

The Hawthorne Trio is a faculty artist ensemble at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Founded in 1985, the trio has performed across the United States and has recorded for Albany Records. The Hawthorne Trio opened the 2000-2001 Season of Concerts at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw and gave recitals in the Czech Republic. Most recently, the ensemble has appeared at the Imperial College in London and the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Of their performances, one critic was led to write: “the Hawthorne Trio is focused and expressive in a fashion that doesn’t get in the way of the composer. And therein lies the genius of these unpretentious, unsung, remarkable artists.”

The Hawthorne Trio