Kirkwood High School Students Selected for Interlochen Arts Camp, SLSO Youth Orchestra | Webster Kirkwood Times


Three students from the Kirkwood High School Orchestra were recently selected to participate in two prestigious orchestra programs.

Senior tuba player Jacob Buchek, senior French horn Abigail Konopik and junior bassoonist Elizabeth Myers were selected for the 53rd season of the St. Louis Youth Symphony Orchestra and participated in Interlochen Arts Camp, the first multidisciplinary arts program in summer for aspiring artists in grades 3-12. The three students are also members of the Kirkwood High School Pioneer Pride Band, the St. Louis All-Suburban Band, and the Missouri All-State Orchestra.

About 100 young musicians are selected for the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra after auditioning. In addition to rehearsing and performing challenging orchestral repertoire, Youth Orchestra musicians regularly receive coaching and mentorship from the world-class musicians of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra. The Youth Orchestra performs three concerts per season at St. Louis’ historic Powell Hall.

Students aged 8 to 18 from all over the world gather at

the Interlochen Arts Camp to develop their ability in music, theatre, dance, creative writing, visual arts and film. Young creatives find reflection, rejuvenation, and inspiration at the 1,200-acre tree-lined campus of Interlochen in northwest Michigan.

Jacob Buchek

Jacob Buchekperformed with the Interlochen Orchestra Summer Program in 2022, Community Music School Youth Concert Orchestra and Youth Symphony Orchestra as principal tuba from 2019 to 2021. At Kirkwood High School, Buchek is the main tuba of the Wind Ensemble.

Buchek started playing the tuba when he was 11 years old. When he’s not playing the tuba or the piano, he loves the outdoors, his dogs, video games and his chickens.


Abigail Konopik

Abigail Konopik has been playing the horn since the age of 10. Most recently, she performed as the principal horn player for the Young People’s Concert Orchestra offered by Webster University Community Music School, and the sixth chair horn for the Missouri All-State Concert Band during the 2019-2020 season. These experiences strengthened her love of playing and inspired her to audition for the St. Louis Youth Symphony Orchestra and the National Association for Music Education’s national concerts and symphony bands. She was accepted into both.

In addition to the French horn, Konopik enjoys playing the piano, trying out random languages, sleeping, and narrowly avoiding kitchen fires from improvised recipes.


Elizabeth Myers

Elizabeth Myers has been playing the bassoon for six years. This is his second season with the Youth Orchestra. Besides playing bassoon, she also enjoys swimming for the Kirkwood High School swim team and playing piano in her school’s jazz band.

She has been selected for the All-Suburban Honors Band every year since seventh grade. In freshman year, she was selected as a substitute for the Missouri All-State Band and was selected as second chair bassoon in the All-State Orchestra in sophomore year. She also participated in the Young People’s Concert Orchestra with Webster University Community Music School.


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