Annette Jurcevic’s breadth of education and experience affords her unique strengths as an orchestral conductor.
With two academic music degrees (B.M., music history and literature; and M.M., music theory) and two performance degrees (M.M., choral conducting; and M.M., vocal performance), Ms. Jurcevic approaches conducting with a combination of theoretical, historical, and practical expertise. She has performed on the piano, voice and more than 10 different woodwind, brass, percussion, and string instruments. 27 years of private teaching have added depth to her understanding of these instruments and have honed her communication and perception. Her foreign language abilities are another asset; she speaks German, has studied French and Italian, and has sung in these languages as well as in Latin, Czech and Polish. Training in ballet, ballroom dance, and martial arts has expanded her understanding of movement and gesture.
Annette Jurcevic started learning the piano at the age of five. By the time she completed high school, she had learned to play eight additional instruments and had begun her conducting studies with Brian O’Keefe.
During her undergraduate years at Wheaton College (1989-1993), she studied conducting with Paul Wiens and assisted Daniel Sommerville in rehearsing the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra. While pursuing graduate studies at Indiana University, she turned her focus to vocal music, completing a cognate in choral conducting as part of her master’s degree (1997).
At The University of Texas at Austin she directed the UT Women’s Chorus while earning a master’s degree in choral conducting (2003). James Morrow and Kevin Noe were her primary conducting instructors at The University of Texas.
Upon completion of her degree, she began conducting the St. Edward’s University Chorale (2003-2007). In the fall of 2007 she returned to her instrumental conducting roots, founding the SEU Orchestra, which she directed for three years. While living in Austin, Texas, she also conducted the Austin Sängerrunde Damenchor – a German women’s chorus – from 2002 to 2010, founded and directed the Austin Summer Pops Orchestra (2008-2010), and conducted the Austin Philharmonic Orchestra (2009-2010).
Ms. Jurcevic moved to Ludington, Michigan, in 2010, where she directed the West Shore Community College Concert Band, Collegiates show choir, and chamber music program. In January 2011 she also reinstated the WSCC Orchestra. She founded the Shoreline Symphony, a community orchestra in Muskegon, Michigan, in September 2012.