Feb. 1, 2007
Judy Leinen of Des Moines, Iowa, was selected as the winner of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music’s (LKAM) Concerto and Scholarship Competition held Saturday, Jan. 27, in Eppley Auditorium on the Morningside College campus.
Leinen, violinist, is a Morningside College student of Jameson Cooper, Euclid Quartet member and instructor for the academy. She performed the first movement of Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto. As competition winner, Leinen was asked to perform her competition selection as a soloist during a Youth Symphony concert slated for Sunday, April 29.
The LKAM Concerto Competition is open to students of the academy and Morningside College. Instrumentalists must perform a movement of a concerto or an appropriate concert piece with orchestral accompaniment that is 10 to 15 minutes in length. Vocalists may perform a single selection or a group of related selections with orchestral accompaniment with a total length of 10 to 15 minutes.
The Scholarship Competition is open to all members of the Youth Orchestra Program of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music and private instruction programs. First and second place winners of each division, instrument, hometowns or college affiliation, and instructors, if applicable, include:
Youth Symphony division: First place strings, Aubrey Weger, violin, Northwestern College, student of Jacob Murphy; second place strings, Klayton Hoefler, cello, Battle Creek, Neb., student of Joseph Shufro; first place non-strings, Renee Smith, flute, Sioux City, member of Youth Symphony and student of Lori Linder; second place non-strings, Janie Farr, horn, Morningside College, student of Jill Wilson.
Philharmonia division: First place strings, Paul Tindall, violin, South Sioux City, Neb., member of Philharmonia and student of Jan Klein; second place strings, Ben Hunter, violin, Sioux City, member of Philharmonia, student of Gary Fridley; first place non-strings, Brian Chang, piano, Sioux City, student of Marlene Grossman; second place non-strings, Karen Grigsby, flute, Sioux City, member of Philharmonia and student of Robin Venaas.
Symphonette division: First place, Chloe Evans, piano, Le Mars, Iowa, student of Michele Grossman; second place, Anna Smith, violin, Sioux City, member of Symphonette, student of Jacob Murphy.
The students performed for a panel of three judges including Aviva Segall, music director of the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras, Sean Vogt, assistant profesor of music at Briar Cliff University, and Martha Councell, adjunct instructor of flute at Morningside College and instructor for the LKAM.
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. 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. Students of the academy come from Sioux City and surrounding communities in Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska.