April 10, 2006
The Sioux City Symphony’s Youth Orchestras Program, under the direction of Morningside College’s Leo Kucinski Academy of Music (LKAM), held its scholarship competition on Saturday, March 26, in Eppley Auditorium on the college’s campus. Prizes were awarded for each of the three ensembles in the Youth Orchestras Program including Youth Symphony, Philharmonia, and Symphonette.
The ensemble winners, their hometowns, instruments played, instructors, and awards include:
Youth Symphony: Lissa Kelsey, Sergeant Bluff, violin, Jameson Cooper, first place, $100 scholarship.
Philharmonia: Paul Tindall, South Sioux City, violin, Jan Klein, first place strings, $100 scholarship; Jacob Thiele, Sioux City, violin, Kathi Angeroth, second place strings, $75 scholarship; Jordan Nothdurft, Sioux City, trombone, Vance Shoemaker, first place winds, $100 scholarship; Katie Linder, Sioux City, trumpet, Kevin Linder, second place winds, $75 scholarship; Emily Baker, Sioux City, horn, Jane Berger, second place winds, $75 scholarship.
Symphonette: Shelby Van Den Berg, Sioux Center, violin, Melody De Witt, first place, $75 scholarship; Andrew Dillman, Sergeant Bluff, violin, Eleanor May-Patterson, second place, $50 scholarship.
Judges for the event were Cliff Towner, assistant professor of music and director of bands at Morningside College, and Eunho Kim, concertmistress of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and adjunct professor of music at Morningside.
Morningside’s LKAM focuses on private instruction, monthly workshops, and performance classes for student musicians from beginner to high school. In partnership with the Sioux City Symphony, the academy also directs the symphony’s three youth orchestras as well as an Early String Program for beginning string players, ages four and up. Students of the academy come from Sioux City and surrounding communities in Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska.