Amy Schwartz Moretti
Director of the McDuffie Center for Strings
Caroline Paul King Violin Chair
Violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti has served as Director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings since its inception in 2007, accepting the position after eight years as Concertmaster, first with The Florida Orchestra, then the Oregon Symphony. She is often invited for guest concertmaster appearances and has appeared several times with the New York Pops and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as well as the festival orchestras of Brevard, Colorado and Grand Teton. She has also been Concertmaster of City Music Cleveland, a chamber orchestra bringing free concerts into the neighborhoods of northeastern Ohio.
Additionally, she is a member of the Ehnes Quartetwith violinist James Ehnes, violist Richard O'Neill, and cellist Robert deMaine.They recently recorded the Barber String Quartet, Op. 11, and two Shostakovich string quartets, Nos. 7 & 8, for Onyx Classics. She is also violinist of Cortona Trio, a new piano trio with her Mercer colleagues, cellist Julie Albers and pianist Elizabeth Pridgen.They were featured in Beethoven's Triple Concerto for their debut with the Macon Symphony in the opening concert of the 2012-13 season, music director Ward Stare conducting.She continues to perform with her husband, jazz drummer and percussionist Steve Moretti, in the Moretti Duo, and with the Georgian Chamber Players in Atlanta. She often collaborates with Robert McDuffie, international artist and founder of the Center for Strings, as well as the Center's distinguished artists and guests.
Instrumental in the development of intensive summer chamber music workshops for young musicians in both Florida and Oregon, Ms. Moretti now coordinates the Young Artist component of the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy where Center students have study abroad opportunities, and the Labor Day Festival for Strings where exceptional high school musicians are invited to experience Mercer and the McDuffie Center. She also coordinatesthe Fabian Concert Series bringinginternationally renowned musicians to Macon for concerts and master classes.
A frequent performer on the Mercer University campus, Ms. Moretti leads the MCS Ensemble, presents master classes, coaches chamber music, and teaches violin. Her dedication to collaboration and performance inspires her teaching. The successes already achieved by the Center's young musicians, including individual growth, opportunities for future study, and performance engagements as competition winners, are a source of deep satisfaction.