Kodiak’s music teachers will play this weekend striving to keep themselves in practice and bring more classical music to Kodiak.

“Many music teachers grow to be fantastic players in college, and then as they’re teaching, they spend all their time doing that and slowly lose their ability to play,” said Walter Muelling, director of orchestras for the Kodiak Island Borough School District. “I wanted to both show my students that I can play all my instruments and keep up, and the community doesn’t have enough classical music.”

Saturday’s recital will feature Muelling and other KIBSD music educators including substitutes and elementary teachers as well as Muelling’s wife, who is a musician but not a music educator.

“There is some solo viola music, quite a bit of chamber music,” Muelling said. “We’re doing it to showcase the faculty of the music department.”

The performance is planned to run about an hour.

This is the second year of the recital, and Muelling expects it to be a repeated affair into the future.

“I think classical music is a very important part of culture, and it’s something unique that doesn’t happen a lot in Kodiak,” Muelling said. “I want it to become an annual thing where people can look forward to it and consistently get to hear a classical concert.”

The faculty recital is free and begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium.

Refreshments will be provided.

Contact staff reporter Julie Herrmann at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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