Nov. 22, 2005
Suzanne Hsieh of Sioux City, Iowa, and Lissa Kelsey of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, were selected as winners of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music’s Concerto Competition held Saturday, Nov. 12, in Eppley Auditorium on the Morningside College campus.
Hsieh (far right), a cellist, is a student of Joseph Shufro, associate professor of music at Morningside College and instructor for the academy. Hsieh performed the first movement of Saint-Säens’ Cello Concerto #1 in A minor, Op. 33.
Kelsey (near right), a violinist, is a student of Kathi Angeroth, instructor of violin for the academy. She performed the first movement of Barber’s Concerto for Violin, Op. 14.
The students performed for a panel of three judges including Jungho Kim, instructor of violin and director of the Early String Program for the academy; Dr. Eunho Kim, instructor of violin for the academy and concertmaster of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra; and Jill Wilson, director of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music. Both students have been asked to perform their competition selections as soloists during an April 2006 concert of the Youth Symphony.
The Leo Kucinski Academy of Music opened in the fall of 2004 and focuses on private instruction, monthly workshops, and performance classes for student musicians from beginner to high school. The academy also directs the three youth orchestras of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra including the Youth Symphony, for the most advanced 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.