ANDY JOHNSTON

Andy Johnston directs the Springfield Youth Symphony, the  Glendale High School Orchestras, fifth grade orchestra at Field, Pershing, Sequiota, and Wilder Elementary Schools, and he directs the Southwest Baptist University Orchestra. This is his thirty-second year teaching strings, and his twenty-second in Springfield.

Andy graduated from Oklahoma State University, where he majored in music education and violin performance.  He holds a Master of Music degree in viola performance from Missouri State University, and he has done additional graduate work at Texas Tech University.  In addition to teaching and conducting, Andy is active as a professional violist and violinist.  He is a member of the American String Teachers Association, currently serving as president-elect of the Missouri chapter; and he is a member of the Missouri Music Educators Association, where he served as vice-president from 2006 to 2008.

Before coming to Springfield in 1997, Andy taught in the Enid, Oklahoma Public Schools and served as concertmaster of the Enid Symphony Orchestra.  Andy was named Springfield Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015.  Missouri American String Teachers Association named Andy Outstanding Teacher for Secondary Schools in 2016, and the National Federation of High School Associations named Andy as Outstanding Music Educator for Missouri and five other states in 2017.

He enjoys spending time with his wife Elizabeth, who teaches orchestra at Pershing Middle School, conducts the Springfield Junior Youth Symphony, and plays violin professionally, and their children Allison (a violinist at Oklahoma State University) and Benjamin (a cellist and a tenor at Oklahoma City University).

TROY CRONKHITE

Troy Cronkhite currently is the Director of Bands with the Springfield R-2 School District in Springfield, MO.  He resides with his wife, Suzanne, and three children, Jeremy, Addison and Benjamin. Troy also has an older daughter, Melany, and a grandson, Maddox.

Following high school, Troy attended Nebraska Christian College where he went to school to be a youth minister, but his love for music was very strong and decided to put the talents that were given to him to use.

 In the spring of 1996, Troy returned to music and began his music education at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE. He later transferred to and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University. In 2002, Troy became the Director of Bands for the Lathrop R-2 School District and spent the next four years transforming the program to a traditional band program that would have a separate middle school and high school bands.

In 2006, Troy began work with the Smithville band program. In the six years that he was there, the marching band program has received high honors on and off of the field. The symphonic band has been the recipients of six straight Superior “I” ratings at the Missouri State Large Group Festival. Since 2012, Troy has been the director of bands with Glendale High School. While under his direction the band program has grown in size and have received numerous awards in marching band, concert bands and jazz bands.  

In addition to his duties at Glendale, Troy serves as the Southwest Missouri Music Educators Association as the District Vice President for Jazz.