Nov. 30, 2005
Morningside College freshman Justin Michael Taylor of Des Moines, Iowa, was selected to be a member of viola section for the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.
Taylor was selected through an audition and joins three other Morningside students who are already members of the orchestra.
The ties between Morningside College and the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra originated in the 1920s, when the late Leo Kucinski, a young Polish violinist, came to teach at the college. Through the cooperation of the college, the Sioux City community schools, and private teachers, he founded the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. In August, Morningside College and the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra formed a partnership that joins the symphony’s Youth Orchestras program with the college’s Leo Kucinski Academy of Music and provides for the addition of an early childhood string program.