School of Music Academy

Julie Gunn, Coordinator

About the Program

Academy Application

Established in the fall of 2011, the School of Music Academy is a college-preparatory chamber music program for advanced pianists and string players. The Academy also offers instruction in music composition and music theory, which is open to all pre-college musicians.

Students are selected by audition in the spring and form chamber ensembles that study and perform standard repertoire. The Academy program consists of weekly rehearsals, coachings, and theory lessons with graduate assistant instructors. Master classes, studio classes and recitals with UI faculty are held at least monthly. Each semester culminates in an Academy-wide recital.

Please see below for news on one of our students:

School of Music Faculty

Reid Alexander, piano
Julie Gunn, piano
Rudolf Haken, viola
Dennis Helmrich, theory and piano
Dmitri Kouzov, cello
Stefan Milenkovich, violin
Rochelle Sennet, piano
Stephen Taylor, composition
Ann Yeung, harp
The Jupiter String Quartet

Instructional Staff

Samuel Araya, cello
Leon Harrell, composition
Chen-Yu Huang, harp
Aaron Jacobs, violin
Wuna Meng, piano
Amanda Ramey, violin


The curriculum of the School of Music Academy includes traditional performance repertoire, primarily from the classical, romantic and 20th century chamber music repertoire for strings and piano. Technical development is augmented with musicianship study in weekly theory classes for all students. Composition classes are also offered as an option.

All pupils participate in weekly rehearsals and coachings and perform on the recitals at the end of each semester. The course of instruction coincides with the University calendar and consists of two 14-week semesters. 

2014-2015 Information

Auditions are held in May for the following academic year. Additional audition dates may be scheduled if there is room. 

November 15, 2014 for acceptance into Spring 2015

Email for more information about scheduling an audition.

First week of instruction and regular rehearsals - September 6, 2014

Recital dates  

December 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM in the Music Building Auditorium  

May 10, 2015, location TBA

Audition Requirements

2012 Academy Videos

Academy Recital
Saturday, May 19, 2012, 5:30 pm
Smith Memorial Room

JOHANNES BRAHMS Sonata for Piano and Cello in E Minor, Op. 38

CLARA SCHUMANN Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17

JOHANNES BRAHMS Trio for Clarinet (Viola) and Piano in A minor, Op. 114

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110


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