Amy Schwartz Moretti, Director of the McDuffie Center for Strings since its inception at the Mercer University Townsend School of Music in 2007, has a career that spans nearly two decades. With her affinity for chamber music, she is a frequent guest at music festivals and in artist series concerts across North America and Europe. Recent/upcoming performances include Beethoven’s complete cycle of string quartets in Seoul, Korea and the Japanese premiere of Three Shades of Blue, Grammy winner Matt Catingub's concerto written for her. Formerly Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and Florida Orchestra, Amy has served as guest concertmaster for the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Hawaii Pops and New York Pops and the festival orchestras of Brevard, Colorado and Grand Teton. She is a member of the Ehnes Quartet. Throughout her career, she has been an advocate of chamber music, developing intensive workshops in Oregon, Florida and Georgia; on campus she developed the Fabian Concert Series. Her dedication to collaboration and performance complements her directorship and inspires her teaching and coaching of the McDuffie Center’s gifted young musicians. Through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society in Chicago, Ms. Moretti plays the 1744 G.B. Guadagnini violin known as the "Canadian" and gratefully acknowledges its extended loan.