Music Department Director
Füsun Alpakin was born in Turkey, Istanbul and began her music education at the age of six. At age 11, Ms. Alpakin auditioned for, and was admitted to the Mimar Sinan University Istanbul State Conservatory where she studied violin. In 1988, she received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance. The following year she auditioned for the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra where she worked as the assistant concert mistress. In 1996-97, she worked under the tutelage of Professor Piero Farulli (Italiana Quartet) with the Chamber Ensemble at Scola Di Fiesole in Florence, Italy. In 1999, Ms. Alpakin moved to the United States and completed her masters at the Roosevelt University where she studied under Cyrus Forough (student of David Oistrakh). The same year, she was accepted and awarded full scholarship into the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) where she trained with Daniel Barenboim, Sir Andrew Davis, Pinchas Zukerman, Cliff Colnot, and was coached by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s principal string members. In 2005, she opened the Southport Performing Arts Conservatory (SPACE) for music, dance and drama education in Chicago. Since then, she has been teaching and directing SPACE’s musical productions, including The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan, Snow Off White etc. Between 2007- 2014, she collaborated regularly with the youth performers of the Moscow Ballet in their production of The Great Russian Nutcracker. Fall 2017 marks Ms. Alpakin’s first year at the School of Performing Arts where she is honored to be part the team.