The Leo Kucinski Academy of Music (LKAM) at Morningside College is currently accepting applications for student musicians from beginner to high school who are interested in pursuing private study and for those wanting to participate in the Youth Orchestras program of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO). Instruction is available for all string and wind instruments, piano, and voice and will be held in the MacCollin classroom building, 3625 Garretson Ave., on the Morningside College campus.
Orchestra auditions for new members will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6, beginning at 6 p.m. in the MacCollin classroom building. Students wishing to schedule an audition for the Youth Symphony program should contact Jill Wilson, director of the LKAM, at (712) 274-5357 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first session for all academy students and orchestra members will begin with a pizza party on Monday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.
Course instructors include: Jungho Kim, violin, Early Strings; Eunho Kim, violin; Ilisja Sheri, violin; Gary Fridley, Catholic Schools Beginning Strings; Joseph Shufro, cello; Tom Miller, string bass; Michele Grossman, piano; Marlene Grossman, piano; Martha Moreland, piano; Eleanor Tasker, piano; Judy Walker, flute; Jay O’Leary, woodwinds; Clifford Towner, trumpet; Roxie Nothdurft, low brass; Ron Smith, percussion; Gail Dooley, voice; Kate Saulsbury, voice and Jill Wilson, voice.
The LKAM is a partnership between Morningside College and the Sioux City Symphony and offers a series of musical opportunities for area young people including instruction in all string and wind instruments, piano, and voice. The Youth Orchestras include the Youth Symphony, for the most advanced high school and college musicians; the Philharmonia, for middle school through early high school students; and the Symphonette, for beginning and intermediate violin, viola, cello, and bass players.
The Youth Symphony is directed by Joseph Shufro, associate professor of music at Morningside and principal cellist for the SCSO. The Philharmonia is directed by Jungho Kim, director of the Kucinski Academy’s Early String Program and assistant conductor of the SCSO. The Symphonette is conducted by Tom Miller, principal cellist of the SCSO.
Jungho Kim, violin and program director, will also be offering Early String Program lessons for students ages four through nine interested in beginning strings instruction. Gary Fridley will be director of the Catholic Schools Beginning String Program for which he will be traveling to each of the Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools sites to provide small group and private instruction.
Additional information on the LKAM is available by contacting Wilson or by visiting the LKAM Web site.