Back L-R: Anthony and Stephanie
Cellist Walter Preucil has performed with Midsummer's
Music Festival since the very first concert 21 years ago.
His wife, violinist Stephanie Preucil, joined the ensemble the following year.
Now, 21 years later, two of their three boys will be performing with us this summer!
Such is the case with cellist Walter and violinist Stephanie Preucil, both who have been with the Midsummer's Music Festival (MMF) since its inception and have been bringing their three musician sons Zachary, Anthony, and James with them each summer to Door County.
"In the 1950s both Walter's parents and mine attended the Eastman School of Music in New York," Stephanie said.
"Walter's and my parents knew each other at Eastman," Stephanie
is a perfect place for this kind of thing," Stephanie
said, "a lot of interest, the warmth of the people who are so welcoming to the performers, and we play better because of that."
"Sometimes the sun might be in my eyes," Stephanie
said, "and sometimes there's a shadow on my page."
Just as a family recognizes every member, a chamber ensemble is "a time for individual exposure in a collective way," Stephanie
"I'm the only one on my part."
Stephanie presently is a member of the Champagne Players.
Stephanie and Walter are on the faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.
In 2006 Stephanie
received the Illinois ASTA Most Outstanding Studio Teacher Award.
has taught violin privately since age 14 and currently instructs 45 - 50 students each week.
likes working with students to reach their potential as musicians, and as she
uses the Suzuki instructional method, "helping them become a good person through the study of music."
"It's rewarding to see my three-year-olds one day play senior recitals," Stephanie
competes in triathlons; Walt runs marathons, skis the Birkebeiner, and paddles in canoe races.
And, as Stephanie
laughed, they enjoy madcap sporting activities, once canoeing in concert attire from Nicolet Beach in Peninsula State Park to the Hardy Gallery
in Ephraim for a concert performance.