EEB I Secondary Choir is a group of 90 singers – secondary students, teachers and parents who are associated with the European School Brussels I (Uccle) and who share a wonderful common passion – singing and music. This mixed choir has been working under the direction of Joanna Musko since September 2015 when Ms Musko started her work as a seconded music teacher at the European School Brussels I.
Since then the group has had the honour of being accompanied by Agnieszka Zywert, a successful pianist in her own right. The choir has also had the pleasure and honour of cooperating with other outstanding professional artists including Zoran Petkovic (percussion instruments), Agnieszka Orszulik (cello), Jose Torres (violin) and Fotis Fotiu (guitar). In addition the choir has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of EEBI, the Uccle Funk Community band as well as student bands: GERO and The Spring Report. The vocal music created by the group is also accompanied by gifted percussion instruments players: Anna Chyb and Bartłomiej Glinka.
To date the group has taken part in many school and out-of-school events and ceremonies including:
the annual Reception organised by the European Commission President, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker (January 2018, 2019), Ms Ursula von der Leyen (January 2020), the 15th European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism (European Commission, March 2019) and conference – Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: Let’s strive for more (European Parliament, February 2020).
Since 2017 the choir has travelled regularly to Germany (Monschau, Kleve), where vocal workshops are held over a weekend and the group gives impromptu performances to the local audiences.
In May 2019 EEBI Secondary Choir participated in the 65th edition of the Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland. The singers gave 7 performances in beautiful venues, including Cork City Hall, Cobh Cathedral and the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork.
EEB I Secondary Choir has a wide and varied repertoire including pieces from different countries and styles of music in English, French, German, Latin, Polish, Italian, Slovenian, Ukrainian, and the South African languages Zulu and Xhosa.
Dr. Joanna Musko was born in 1974 in Poland. She graduated from the Faculty of Arts at the Pedagogical College in Olsztyn and studied conducting under Prof. Lechoslaw Ragan. She completed a Postgraduate Degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Warmia and Masuria in Olsztyn and after that – Vocal Studies at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. She subsequently got her doctorate of Musical Arts in the field of conducting under the supervision of renowned Polish conductor and choirmaster Prof. Marcin Wawruk.
Between 2004 – 2015 she taught at K.I. Galczynski High School in Olsztyn (Poland), where she founded and conducted the youth choir Collegium Juvenum. The choir was renowned for its numerous concerts in Poland and abroad together with its radio and television recordings. It regularly took part in national and international choral competitions and festivals and won first place and Grand Prix awards. In 2013 the group of young singers won a special prize “Talent of the Year”.
Joanna has been honoured with several awards by directors of educational institutions she has been connected with for her outstanding educational and artistic work. In 2010 she received an award from the Mayor of Olsztyn and in 2011 she was awarded the Warmia and Masuria School Superintendent Prize and the Medal of the National Education Commission. In 2013 she gained a prestigious award from the Minister of Education in Poland.
Since September 2015 Joanna Musko has been a seconded teacher of Music at the European School Brussels I.