School of Music Academy

Professor Julie Gunn, Coordinator

About the Program

Established in the fall of 2011, the School of Music Academy is a college-preparatory chamber music program for advanced high school pianists and string players. In the fall of 2012, the Academy introduced instruction in music composition.

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.

Instructional Staff

Amanda Ramey, violin
Wuna Meng, piano
Aaron Jacobs, violin
Samuel Araya, cello
Halim Beere, composition

School of Music Faculty

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


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. 

2013-2014 Academic Calendars for Instruction

Semester 1: September 2 – December 11, 2013 (No lessons during Thanksgiving Week)
Semester 2: January 21 – May 7, 2014 (No lessons during Spring Break: March 22 – March 30, 2014)

Academy Recitals

December 15, 2013 | 12:30 PM | Smith Memorial Hall, Room 25
May 11, 2014 | 7:30 PM | Music Building Auditorium

Auditions for 2014-15 will take place in May 2014. Specific date and time will be announced soon.

Audition Requirements

Academy Brochure

Student Handbook

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