May 10, 2006
The Leo Kucinski Academy of Music (LKAM) at Morningside College has announced the 2006 recipients of the John Grossman Memorial Scholarship for string students, established in honor of the late John Grossman, long-time music educator in Nebraska and Iowa.
Violinist Teniesha Kessler, daughter of Jerry and Deb Kessler of Castana, Iowa, received the first-place scholarship award of a full year’s tuition for instruction at the academy.
Cellist Klayton Hoefler, son of Ken and Karen Hoefler of Battle Creek, Neb., received the second-place scholarship award of a half-year’s tuition for instruction at the academy.
Kessler is a sophomore at West Monona High School and a student of Jameson Cooper, member of the Euclid Quartet. She has been a member of the Sioux City Symphony’s Youth Orchestras program for the past five years and is currently principal second violinist for the Youth Symphony. She is a member of the Con Brio Quartet and performs duo and trio work with her parents. She was recognized for her outstanding potential and leadership by the Sioux City Symphony Guild for the academic year 1999-2000 and by the symphony’s Youth Orchestras program for the academic year 2003-2004.
Hoefler is a freshman at Park Avenue Christian School in Norfolk, Neb., and is a student of Joseph Shufro, associate professor of music at Morningside College. He is an honor roll student and member of the Bible Quiz Team at Park Avenue Christian School. Hoefler is also active in soccer and basketball.
The LKAM opened in the fall of 2004 and focuses on private instruction, monthly workshops, and performance classes for student musicians from beginner to high school. Through a partnership between the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and Morningside College, the academy directs the symphony’s three youth orchestras and the Early String Program. The Youth Orchestras program includes the Youth Symphony, for advanced high school and college-aged students; the Philharmonia, for high intermediate level students who are preparing to audition for the Youth Symphony; and the Symphonette, for beginning and intermediate violin, viola, cello, and bass players.