Leo Kucinski Academy of Music at Morningside College
Last updated November 07, 2018
Bringing Music to Life
Since 2004, the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music (LKAM) at Morningside College has served as Siouxland’s premier music school welcoming and nurturing students of all ages, all levels of skill, and all backgrounds. The academy offers a Youth Orchestras Program.
- For more information about the Youth Orchestras Program contact Deb Protexter, administrative assistant, Department of Performing Arts.
Leo Kucinski, a young Polish violinist, came to Morningside College in the early 1920s. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he built a musical community from the bottom up. He recognized that one had to teach young students, support existing musicians, attract new professional musicians to the community, and create opportunities for these individuals to work and play together in order to build a successful and flourishing music community. Through the cooperation of Morningside College, where he taught, the Sioux City Community Schools, and private teachers, he was successful in creating the Sioux City Symphony, now a crown jewel of the Siouxland musical community.
The need for excellence in music education is as great now as it was during Maestro Kucinski’s life. This is why the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music has been established. The academy exists to complement and support the education and performance efforts of Sioux City’s public and private schools and the home school community, as well as the surrounding school systems and other cultural organizations.
Mrs. Deb Protexter
Mr. Nate Hettinger
Director of Youth Orchestra