The Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra

Jackson, Mississippi

Wayne Linehan, Director

Wayne Linehan earned degrees in music from the State University College at Fredonia, New York and the State University of New York at Buffalo and is presently pursuing a DMA at USM.  A trumpeter with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, he performs with the Capital Brass, MSO Brass Quintet, Mississippi Opera, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the International Ballet Competition Orchestra.  He has played with The Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, The Buffalo Pops Orchestra, Johnny Mathis, and the New York production of Camelot.  He is an adjunct professor at Mississippi College and Millsaps College.  As a conductor, he organized and directed the Jackson Trumpet Ensemble and the Mississippi Brass Choir and has been a band director at the college, high school, and junior high school levels.  For two years he conducted a professional orchestra made up of MSO personnel for St. James episcopal Church's celebration of Epiphany "Baroque by Candlelight." 

Robert McNally, Concertmaster

Robert M. McNally is a native of Tulsa Oklahoma, a product of the Tulsa Public Schools string program and has been a Mississippian since 1976 when he became Concertmaster of the Mississippi Symphony. He was Concertmaster of the Arkansas State Symphony at age 19, the Tulsa Philharmonic, Opera and Ballet. Bob served as Concertmaster for twenty-nine years until he retired in 2005. He studied with Tosca Berger Kramer, a pupil of Willy Hess and Louis Persinger, Ramon Girvin of the American Conservatory and Cosmopolitan School of Music in Chicago, and additional study with Andor Toth of the Alma Trio and New Hungarian String quarter. He has taught at the University of Tulsa, University of Southern Mississippi, Jackson State University, and Mississippi College. , Mr. McNally was Conductor of the Tulsa Youth Symphony, The University of Tulsa Symphony, Assistant Conductor of the Philharmonic, and has conducted the Greenville Symphony as well as the Mississippi Symphony. In the 1980's Robert was the Concertmaster and the following two seasons principle Conductor of the Symphony School of America. Mr. McNally is nationally known for his extensive contribution to chamber music, having been Artist-Faculty of the prestigious Taos School of Chamber Music for many years. He has performed with New Orleans, Alabama and North Carolina Symphonies. In 1971, he was selected to play in the World Symphony Orchestra in New York, Washington D.C., and Orlando, Florida with 144 Musicians from around the world. I love playing in the Cosmopolitan Chamber Orchestra. I love helping musicians in any way I possibly can to achieve whatever they need to bring their musical goals to a happy conclusion. It benefits Me even more!"