Aug. 30, 2005
The Leo Kucinski Academy of Music 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).
Orchestra auditions for new members will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the MacCollin Classroom Building, 3625 Garretson Ave. The first session for all academy students and orchestra members will begin with a pizza party on Monday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. in the lobby of Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.
The Leo Kucinski Academy offers a series of musical opportunities for 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, high school, and advanced elementary school musicians; 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 education and assistant conductor of the SCSO. The Symphonette is conducted by Tom Miller, principal cellist of the SCSO.
New to the academy this year is the addition of an Early String Program for beginning violin and cello students, ages 4 and up. The Early String Program combines the Suzuki method and traditional teaching methods to assist first-time players to begin their studies with solid technique and good practice skills. Instruction will be tailored to individual students and will be augmented with group play times and other activities. Kim will direct the Early String Program. Sessions consist of 12 weekly, one-hour lessons. Cost for each session is $75.
Instructors for other academy courses include: Kathi Angeroth, violin; Alan Arnold, low brass instructor; Jameson Cooper, Euclid Quartet, violin; Martha Councell, adjunct instructor at Morningside, flute and academy band director; Dr. Gail Dooley, associate professor of music at Morningside, voice; Michele Grossman, piano; Amy Joseph, Euclid Quartet, cello; Jungho Kim, violin; Eunho Kim, adjunct music instructor at Morningside, violin; Jacob Murphy, Euclid Quartet, violin; Dr. Jay O’Leary, professor of music at Wayne State College and adjunct music instructor at Morningside, woodwinds; Clifford Towner, assistant professor of music at Morningside, trumpet; Joseph Shufro, cello; Ron Smith, percussions; Luis Vargas, Euclid Quartet, viola; and Jill Wilson, director of the Kucinski Academy, voice.
Additional information on all programs offered by the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music is available by contacting Wilson at (712) 274-5357, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org., or by clicking here.