The Heroines

Lisa Muci

is honored with a Brick from J.R. and Rhita Muci.

Lisa Diane Muci was born in Wichita, Kansas, and attended Buckner and Harris Elementary Schools, Coleman Junior High School and graduated with honors from Southeast High School. At her own request, she began dance and violin lessons at age five and decided early on to make music her career. Cheryl Myer and Nancy Luttrell, members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, were among her first violin teachers.

Lisa was selected to play with the Wichita Repertory Orchestra and was Wichita Youth Symphony Orchestra Concert Master for two years as well as soloist. She was also Concert Master and soloist with the Wichita State University Symphony Orchestra. An outstanding student throughout her school years, Lisa maintained a high grade point average and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wichita State University. Besides being named a Presser Scholar, she received numerous recognitions and awards.

While pursuing her undergraduate degree at WSU, Lisa was a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of the National Repertory Orchestra, the only American orchestra invited to play at the 1988 summer Olympics in Korea .

As a graduate student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, she was Concert Master for two of the various university orchestras. During this time and for a short period following the completion of her Master's in Music Performance, she played with the Chicago Sinfonietta.

Lisa has studied with James Caesar, Andrzej Grabiec, Gerardo Ribeiro and Blair Milton. She has played under the direction of Kirk Trevor, Carl Topilow, Michael Palmer, Robert Lyall, Paul Freeman, Gunther Shuller, Otto-Werner Mueller, Carmon DeLeone and Robert Larson.

As of this writing, Lisa is a member of a full-time symphony orchestra. She has been a featured performer, a soloist and has served as Principal Second. Besides giving private lessons, Lisa is a faculty member of the city's Community School of the Arts, a program that offers arts education to students from the inner city and rural areas. Lisa and her husband, Herbert Eckhoff, an opera singer, are both exemplary musicians and role models.

Submitted by J. R. and Rhita J. Muci, Wichita, who are proud and grateful to have such a wonderful, talented daughter.

July 28, 1998