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Stephanie Preucil has been teaching violin privately for thirty five years and currently has a studio of fifty students. In January 2006 Stephanie was the recipient of the Illinois ASTA Most Outstanding Studio Teacher Award. She enjoys coaching chamber music and teaching theory and history classes to her students. Previously, she was an active faculty member of the Music Center of the North Shore (now Music Institute of Chicago) for ten years. Prior to living in Illinois, she taught in Rochester, New York, Detroit, Michigan, and at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She served on the faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan summer festival. Currently, she enjoys giving sectionals and coaching chamber music for the Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Stephanie is a member of the Classic Arts Trio along with cellist and husband Walter Preucil (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and pianist William Koehler (Northern Illinois University). She is also a member of the Champagne Players and a violinist with Midsummer’s Music Festival, which performs a chamber music series throughout the month of June in Door County, Wisconsin. She is the former principal second violin of the Illinois Chamber Symphony. Prior to living in Illinois, Stephanie was principal second violin of the New American Chamber Orchestra in Detroit, Michigan. She also has performed with Chamber Works of Detroit, directed by Baroque specialist Thomas Kuras, the Oklahoma Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Heidelberg Castle Festival, and as an extra musician in the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Stephanie received her Bachelors in Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music under Charles Castleman and went on to pursue graduate studies at Indiana University under Josef Gingold. Early education included studies with Carol Glenn and Oliver Steiner in New York. Stephanie’s hobbies include swimming, biking, hiking, running, skiing, and racing triathlons. Stephanie and her husband, Walter, have three children: Zachary, (cellist and composer); Anthony, (violinist and violist); and James, (violinist and violist).
Walter Preucil is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded a performer’s certificate. His principal teachers have been Janos Starker and Paul Katz. The press has described Walter’s playing as “beautifully expressive” (New York Concert Review) and having “authoritative technique” (Door County Advocate).
A member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra since 1988, he also enjoys a career as a chamber musician, having performed in every Midsummer’s Music concert since its opening week in 1991. Along with his wife Stephanie and William Koehler, he performs in the Classic Arts Trio, which has raised more than $20,000 for church missions.
Walter has taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp and has formerly served on the faculty of Lawrence University’s community music department as well as the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City. He plays a cello made by Giovanni Fiorillo in 1781 and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American Federation of Musicians. His hobbies include astronomy, juggling, and cross-country skiing. He has three sons – Zachary, Anthony, and James.
Anthony Preucil is currently attending the Pennsylvania State University as a sophomore this fall seeking his Bachelor's degree in Music Performance as well as Meteorology. At his high school, he was the president of the science club for two years, and was also an active member of the National Honors Society. Musically, Anthony has been involved in many ensembles. At Penn State, he is currently a member of both the philharmonic and the chamber orchestra. In the past, Anthony was the Concertmaster of the Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra and he has been two time Concertmaster of the District 211 Honors Orchestra. Since he was 12, Anthony has been accepted into the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) district 7 orchestra competition every year. He has qualified for the All-State festival for all four years of high school and was placed in the honors orchestra. There, he served positions such as Assistant Principal Viola as well as Principal Viola of the All-State Honors Orchestra. During the summer, Anthony is also musically involved. For summers 2012 -2014, Anthony attended Credo Music Festival in Oberlin, Ohio, which ended its four week program with a performance in Severance Hall. Anthony continues to be involved with Credo throughout the the year as part of the Alumni Board. Anthony spends much of his time studying the weather as well, and is also involved in some professional meteorological services. He is currently a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and is also a certified severe storm spotter for the National Weather Service (NWS). At Penn State, he is part the Campus Weather Service (CWS), a student led organization that provides written, radio, and live video forecasts for the entire state of Pennsylvania. He has hobbies such as astronomy, juggling and rock climbing.
In addition to his Schaumburg studio, cellist Zachary Preucil serves on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC), and is a coach for the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra’s chamber music program. Previously, he served on the faculties of the Kanack School of Musical Artistry, Music for Youth of Arlington Heights, and as a teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music. He has also been invited as guest improvisation instructor at MIC and the Wheaton College Community School for the Arts.
Zachary received his M.M. in Cello Performance and an Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. He received his B.M. in Cello Performance with Academic Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music. Zachary's primary teachers have included David Ying, Yeesun Kim, and Walter Preucil. Additionally, he has completed Suzuki training with Tanya Carey, Jean Dexter, and Rick Mooney. Recently, he has appeared in performances with the Midsummer’s Music Festival, the Caroga Lake Music Festival, the Chicago Cello Society, the MIC Chorale, the MIC Faculty/Guest Artist Series, and as a soloist with the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra at Chicago's Orchestra Hall. He is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Chicago Federation of Musicians, the Chicago Cello Society, and the Creative Ability Development advisory board.