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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 freshman this fall seeking his Bachelors in Music Performance as well as Meteorology. At his high school, he was the president of the science club, and also wrote periodically for the school newspaper. He is also a member of the National Honors Society, an exclusive group for people dedicated to giving back to their community through service and volunteer. Musically, Anthony has been involved in many area ensembles. During the year, Anthony was the Concertmaster of the Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has been two time Concertmaster of the District 211 Honors Orchestra, as well as participating in the ensemble for the past four years. 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 the past four years 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, being part of the blogging team and the Alumni Board. A large part of Credo is giving back to the community through music, and Anthony takes every opportunity he can to volunteer in communities around Chicago with other people from Credo. Anthony spends much of his time studying the weather as well, and is also involved in some professional weather services. He is currently a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and is also a severe storm spotter for the National Weather Service. He has hobbies such as astronomy and rock climbing.
Zachary Preucil recently received his M.M. in Cello Performance and Literature and an Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he was inducted into the Beta Pi chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda. He received his B.M. in Cello Performance with Academic Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in May 2012. Zachary's primary teachers have included David Ying, Yeesun Kim, and his father, Walter Preucil; additionally, he has studied chamber music with members of the Borromeo and Ying Quartets. He has also studied at several summer music festivals and institutes, including the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, the Castleman Quartet Program in New York and the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and has performed with the Midsummer's Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin since 2011. In June 2014, Zachary made his solo debut with the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra in Chicago's Orchestra Hall.
Outside of his performance activities, Zachary is also an active teacher. Currently based in the Chicago area, he previously taught at the Kanack School of Music in Rochester, New York and held a teaching assistantship at Eastman which gave him the opportunity to teach non-degree cello students at the University of Rochester. An interest in administration led him to intern with Midsummer's Music in 2013 and 2014 and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Development Department for the 2013--2014 season.
As a writer, Zachary has served as a co-editor of "The Penguin", New England Conservatory's student-run newspaper, and has blogged for Polyphonic On Campus since 2012. Recently, his work has also been featured on the Chicago Cello Society blog, the Huffington Post Arts blog, and the blog of the CREDO Music Festival. Along with flutist Elizabeth Erenberg, he is a co-founder of Musicovation.com, a multifaceted forum dedicated to promoting the latest positive and innovative trends in the music world.