Welcome to ISR’s Music Department!
Music is a vital component of the ISR curriculum and is held in high regard at our school. Music at ISR has developed over the years into a program designed to provide students with a fun and educational approach to performance and an understanding of the most important aspects of music. Students build self-confidence and leadership skills through the entire program as they learn to progress in their musical abilities.
Our music program is focused on developing students’ music appreciation from an early stage with a goal of achieving an early university level of knowledge in upper grades. Students from kindergarten through grade 9 receive instruction in elements of music, singing, playing and composition. The curriculum for grades 8–12 prepares students for the IB Diploma Program and focuses more on theory, history and music composition.
Meet Our Music Department Team
Mrs. Petruta Pacuraru is the Head of ISR Music Department. She has joined our school in 2015, after having previously worked as music teacher in Bucharest, teaching IB, Cambridge and Romanian curriculum.
Mrs. Pacuraru graduated from the Music Academy in Bucharest, being awarded with Bachelor of Musical Pedagogy and Violin and with Master of Contemporary Musical Education. After graduation, she played as a violinist in the Music Academy Orchestra, was member of “Da Capo” choir and “Sound Choir” as a soprano and as a second conductor and performed concerts in Europe (Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Switzerland, Poland, Austria etc.) Teaching is a way for her to share her talent and creativity while introducing her students to music, so she pursued a career in education.
Before joining ISR, Mrs. Pacuraru worked for 10 years in the public sector, as a definitive music teacher at the Gheorghe Sincai National College, one of the top Romanian high-schools. Together with her students, Mrs. Pacuraru won first prizes and “grand prix” awards at national and local musical events and festivals such as: “Ballads of the fall” – a national folk festival event , organized yearly by Bucharest’s General School Inspectorate in partnership with the Ministry of Education and with Bucharest City Hall’s Educational Projects and Programmes Centre; “Vocal and Instrumental Competition” – a national event designed for all talented students, organized yearly by Bucharest’s General School Inspectorate in partnership with the Ministry of Education; National Art Festival for Youth “Florian Pittis” – a festival designed for solo singers and bands, organized by Gheorghe Lazar College; “Choral Competition” - a national event designed for all talented students, organized yearly by Bucharest’s General School Inspectorate in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
Mrs. Pacuraru strived to create a safe comfortable environment in which students respect and value one another, while learning through hands on experience. Many of her students have pursued a career in the musical industry field. For the last 4 years, Mrs. Pacuraru approached the international education through International Baccalaureate programs – the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. As an IB teacher, since 2012 she has prepared students for the internal and external assessments of the IB Examinations.
As a former artist with American Opera Projects in Brooklyn, New York, and throughout her career, Ms. Bucher has found collaborating with composers, work-shopping their pieces and premiering their works to be particularly gratifying.
Lyric mezzo-soprano Stephanie Bucher (known professionally as Stephanie Woodling) sang with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf for over five seasons. There she portrayed Dorabella, Hänsel, Annio, die zweite Dame, Siébel, Blumenmädchen (Parsifal), Giuletta (Tales of Hoffmann), Christa (The Makropoulos Case), Karolka (Jenufa), Wellgunde (Das Rheingold), Tessa (The Gondoliers), Antonia (Tiefland), Ascagne (Les Troyens), und dritte Elf (Rusalka). She debuted with the company in 2004 as die zweite Magd in their new production of Elektra.
Ms. Woodling debuted in the 2011/2012 season with Opernwerkstatt am Rhein in the titel role of the world premiere of Reineke Fuchs, set by 2003 German Jazz Prize Winner Ulrike Haage. In the 2009/2010 season, she appeared as Ino in Handel's Semele at the Aalto Theater in Essen.
Prior to moving permanently to Germany in 2008, Ms. Bucher sang extensively throughout the United States, most recently, in 2008 as Cherubino at Michigan Opera Theater and as Stephano in Romeo et Juliette with Baltimore Opera. With New York City Opera, Ms. Bucher performed in A Little Night Music, Rigoletto, and La Traviata and covered in several productions.
Previously a young artist with Opera Pacific, she appeared in a number of roles, most notably Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, which critics described as providing "an intellectual burst of animation into the proceedings, giving a charming, brash, and thorough reading.”
Other Opera Pacific credits include Meg in Little Women, Flora, Mercedes in Carmen, die zweite Dame in The Magic Flute, and Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking, in which she also covered the great Frederica von Stade in the role of Mrs. De Rocher. Other operatic debuts include Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, OK Mozart Festival as Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, and Los Angeles Opera as Mrs. Segstrom in their production of A Little Night Music. As a young artist with Santa Fe Opera for two seasons, she made her debut on their stage in the role of die zweite Dienerin in Strauss's Die ägyptische Helena.