THE INDIANA UNIVERSITY JACOBS SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Graduates of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music influence music performance and education around the globe as successful performers, conductors, composers, music educators, scholars, and managers of arts organizations. The Jacobs School of Music offers students a breadth and depth of musical training, education, and performance opportunity unparalleled in university music study. Approximately 1,500 students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries study with more than 180 full-time faculty members, who are among the most distinguished performers, scholars, composers, and educators today. In addition, many virtuosi musicians and scholars visit the school as master teachers, lecturers, artistic directors, conductors, and faculty. Performing opportunities are plentiful—in addition to numerous orchestras, choirs, bands, jazz ensembles, and chamber groups, each year the Jacobs School of Music presents six fully staged operas and three ballets in its Musical Arts Center, which features technical capabilities that rival those at the Metropolitan Opera.
Artistic director and concertmaster, professor of violin, Henry A. Upper Chair in Orchestral Studies
Jorja Fleezanis joined the faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2009 as professor of violin and Henry A. Upper Chair in Orchestral Studies. She was concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1989 to 2009, assuming that position after being associate concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony and a member of the Chicago Symphony.
Fleezanis has been guest concertmaster for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony. She has been a frequent guest artist teacher at the Prussia Cove Chamber Music sessions, New World Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Music@Menlo Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Madeline Island Music Camp, and the Round Top International Festival Institute. She is concertmaster of the Chicago Bach Project, performs annually in France with French pianist Cyril Huvé, and gives frequent recitals with her long-term partner, Karl Paulnack.
The Minnesota Orchestra commissioned two major solo works for her, the John Adams Violin Concerto and Ikon of Eros by John Tavener, the latter recorded on Reference Records. The complete violin sonatas of Beethoven with Huvé were released in 2003 on the Cyprés label. Other recordings include Aaron Jay Kernis’s Brilliant Sky, Infinite Sky on CRI, commissioned for her by the Schubert Club of St. Paul, Minn., and Stefan Wolpe’s Violin Sonata with Garrick Ohlsson as her partner for Koch International. The world premiere of Nicholas Maw’s Sonata for Solo Violin, commissioned for her by Minnesota Public Radio, was broadcast on Public Radio International’s Saint Paul Sunday in 1998, and in 1999, Fleezanis gave the British premiere at the Chester Summer Festival. Also in 1998, she was the violin soloist in the American premiere of Britten’s recently discovered Double Concerto for Violin and Viola.
Fleezanis has been an adjunct faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of Minnesota, and plays a violin made in 1700 by Venetian maker Matteo Goffriller.
Violist Stephen Wyrczynski is a professor of music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 18 years, joining the ensemble in 1992.
He began violin studies at age 8 and eventually switched to the viola at age 16. In 1983, he began viola studies with Kim Kashkashian and later with Karen Tuttle at the Peabody Conservatory, where he became Tuttle’s teaching assistant. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in 1988 from Juilliard, where he continued to be her assistant. He was subsequently accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Joseph de Pasquale, then principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Wyrczynski earned a diploma there in 1991.
Wyrczynski keeps an active teaching schedule. He is also on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School. In addition to teaching private lessons, he conducts a seminar in orchestral audition repertoire and techniques. He has taught at the New World Symphony in Miami, Fla., and Mannes College of Music in New York, where he does quarterly coachings in orchestral repertoire. He has previously taught orchestral studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, National Orchestral Institute, and New York State Summer School for Orchestral Studies.
As a chamber musician, Wyrczynski has played in many of North America’s celebrated venues. He has had performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, Newport Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Tanglewood, Kingston Music Festival, Casal’s Music Festival, El Paso Pro Musica, and the Apollo Chamber Players. He also has collaborated in chamber music performances with artists such as Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Pamela Frank, Edgar Meyer, and Dawn Upshaw.