May 17, 2007
Kucinski Academy of Music awards Grossman scholarships
The Leo Kucinski Academy of Music (LKAM) at Morningside College has announced the 2007 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.
Cellist Klayton Hoefler, son of Ken and Karen Hoefler of Battle Creek, Neb., received the first-place scholarship award of a full year’s tuition for instruction at the academy.
Cellist Hannah McGarvey, daughter of Tim and Sharon McGarvey of Alton, Iowa, received the second-place scholarship award of a half-year’s tuition for instruction at the academy.
Hoefler is a sophomore at Park Avenue Christian Academy in Norfolk, Neb., and is a student of Joe Shufro, associate professor of music at Morningside College. He is a member of the Bible Quiz Team, Academic Quiz Bow, and choir at Park Avenue Christian Academy. Hoefler is also active in soccer and basketball.
McGarvey is a sophomore at MOC/Floyd Valley High School and a student of Shufro. She is active in orchestra, symphonic band, concert choir, and jazz band at MOC/Floyd Valley High School. She has been a member of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra since 2003 and was selected as a cellist for the 60th Annual Iowa All-State Music Festival Concert in 2006. She performed with the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Chihuahua, Mexico, earlier this year.
The LKAM opened in the fall of 2004 and is 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.
Grossman developed and directed the Symphonette, formerly the Grade Symphony. He was head of orchestra programs on Sioux City’s west side and coached chamber music.