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The Russian Connection

The Russian Connection is a student exchange program of The International Music Academy in partnership with the Igumnov State Music School of Moscow, which is directed by Dr. Irina Agazanova. The exchange was created by the Academy to provide students with valuable educational and cultural experiences. The Academy’s original exchange was in 2007, with a return visit in 2010. Our students performed at the American Embassy in Moscow and received lessons with acclaimed Russian pedagogues.  Russian students of piano, violin and traditional Russian instruments came to Houston and stayed with host families from our school, forming lasting friendships while performing all over Houston and experiencing all that Texas has to offer.

In summer 2016, Academy students will be able to return to Moscow where they may again study with Dr. Agazanova and perform in a combined concert at the end of the exchange. Interested parents please contact Ekaterina Loudermilk.

The Chinese Connection

The year 2015 heralded the development of an exciting relationship with Lee Music School in Dalian, China. Matthew and Katarina Loudermilk's duo along with Kerrigan Quenemoen and Kenneth Yu's duo performed in a series of concerts in Houston and all over China. These events benefitted the Lee Music School's charity which teaches blind children to tune and play the piano.  Matthew and Katarina became honorary professors at their school and hope to return in the near future.