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 to be 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), 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.
To date the group has taken part in many school events including :
- The Christmas Concert (Centre Culturel d’Uccle February 2016)
- The Science Symposium (March 2016)
- The Spring Concert (April 2016)
- The Proclamation of the Baccalaureate (July, 2016)
- The Christmas Concert (Royal Conservatory of Brussels, December 2016)
- The School Fete (May 2017)
- Concert – surprise for the EEBI students (May 2017)
- The Proclamation of the Baccalaureate (July, 2017)
- The 60th Anniversary Concert (Flagey, October 2017)
- The Christmas Concert (Royal Conservatory of Brussels, December 2017)
- An Annual Reception organised by the European Commission President, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker (January 2018)
- The School Fete – Gala Concert (May 2018)
In 2017 and 2018, the choir travelled to Monschau, Germany where vocal workshops were held over the weekend and the choir gave an impromptu performance in front of the local audience.
The repertoire of EEB I Secondary Choir is diverse. It consists of pieces from different countries and styles of music in English, French, German, Latin, Polish, Italian, Ukrainian, and the South African languages Zulu and Xhosa.
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 then completed a Postgraduate Degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Warmia and Masuria in Olsztyn and Vocal Studies at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.
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.