Mr. Juknelis received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Music Education from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. While at Augustana, Mr. Juknelis served as assistant to Dr. Jon Hurty, conductor of the Augustana Choir, Chamber Singers and Handel Oratorio Society. Also active as a piano accompanist, Mr. Juknelis served as a rehearsal accompanist at Augustana for such pieces as Verdi’s Requiem and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms.
Mr. Juknelis obtained the Master of Arts degree in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He studied choral conducting under Dr. Timothy Stalter, a regularly heard soloist on Robert Shaw recordings, and choral literature with Dr. Richard Bloesch, an editor of the Choral Journal. While in Iowa City, he served as accompanist and rehearsal assistant at Iowa City West High School. He is also an active member of the Illinois Music Educator’s Association, the Music Educator's National Conference and the American Choral Director’s Association.
Mr. Juknelis is in his seventh year as choir director at Lake Zurich High School where he conducts Concert Choir, Women's Chorale, Bare Voices, Cadet Choir and Men’s Choir. He also serves as the assistant musical director and Tri-M Music Honor Society sponsor. He and his wife Amy live in Lake Zurich and are excited to be part of such a supportive community of friends and families!
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