Meet the Director of the Musique Sur La Mer Orchestras - MARCY SUDOCK

 Marcy Sudock is a multi-faceted professional musician, conductor, and private music instructor in the Los Alamitos area.  

She is the founding artistic director and conductor of the Musique Sur La Mer Orchestras since 2001, and leads the various performing groups that are under the MSLM umbrella.  They serve every level of musical performance starting at ages 7 - 14 for La Petite Musique Children’s Orchestra, progressing to the MSLM Youth Symphony Orchestra, MSLM Chamber and Jazz Orchestra, MSLM Wind and String Ensembles, MSLM Chamber Ensembles, and the professional Musique Sur La Mer Orchestra.
 
The MSLM Youth Symphony Orchestra is comprised of 

intermediate to advanced musicians, ages 12-24.  In this unique arrangement, students from public and private schools as well as home school, can participate in an honors performing group.  An objective of MSLMYSO is to expand cultural awareness through music. The orchestra includes music from other cultures in its repertoire, and travels the globe to perform.  Mrs. Sudock has conducted her MSLM students in such illustrious venues as Sydney’s Opera House, London’s Royal College of Music, Vienna’s Musikverien, and New Zealand’s Christchurch Cathedral in addition to local venues such as The Shops at Rossmoor, The Marketplace in Long Beach, and Disneyland.  MSLMYO is also distinct in its emphasis on "Music, Ethics, Community Service" to foster upstanding citizenship.  Most recently, Mrs. Sudock and the MSLM Orchestras were presented with a 2014 Community Service Award by the Kiwanis Club of Long Beach.

Mrs. Sudock is also an accomplished performing musician who specializes in violin and viola, who continues to perform and conduct across the country and abroad. 
 
ARTS EDUCATOR BACKGROUND
Marcy Sudock earned her degree in Music Performance from CSU Long Beach.   She has performed with diverse and notable artists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Lionel Richie, Lou Rawls, Marni Nixon, Steve Mercurio, Leonard Penario, and Freddie Hubbard.  
 
While she loves to perform, she has a passion for teaching.  She is dedicated to enriching the lives and sharing the love of music with her students, both children and adults.  Her teaching philosophy can be summarized by “Everything is possible”.  She enjoys helping students learn critical thinking, to like the sound of a musical instrument, to build leadership skills through music. She finds it exciting to watch a student learn.
 
For 16 years, Mrs. Sudock taught the after-school music strings program at the Los Alamitos Youth Center.  During that time, she was the music co-director and then director for the last nine years of her association with the program until the Spring of 2013.   
 
WHAT INSPIRES HER
She is proudest of watching students accomplish more than their expectations. Her favorite response to students who say they cannot do, is the word “Yet”, to emphasize the gradual process of learning and achieving.  When she works with a special needs child, she finds that accomplishment in music helps the parent “see the child as a whole” person.  
She also boasts a roster of students who have gone on to accomplish scholarships to top universities, colleges and conservatories.
 
A personal moment of pride for her was partaking in a 2013 Starling-Delay Symposium on the Violin, which included a master class with renowned violinist Itzak Perlman at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York.  She worked especially hard to polish her violin technique in preparation for this highly regarded symposium for the top violin educators in the world.
 
She and her husband live in the LAUSD community, and are the proud parents of four children who all work in creative fields.  She has a personal goal to continue expanding the Musique Sur La Mer music program.  You can read more about Marcy Sudock and Musique Sur La Mer by visiting the website www.mslmorchestra.com.
 
- by Donna Chinn, Los Alamitos Alliance for Arts Education