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KVNO KIDS 2009

 

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Each month, KVNO honors the gift of the arts in our youth by recognizing an outstanding student musician, or “Classical Kid.” A panel of local music educators and KVNO staff members choose a youth whose musical efforts exemplify the value and richness of the arts in a young person’s life.

KVNO’s award-winning Classical Kids program is made possible with support from the Soener Foundation, in honor of Mary Soener.

January 2009
2009’s first Classical Kid is Maya Matthews. A 9-year-old pianist, she
attends Brownell-Talbot School. Maya says that her most memorable
musical experience was watching the Broadway musical, “The Lion King”,
because the characters looked so real and each had their own personality.
“The music was so good, I just wanted to get up and dance.” She also loves
to read because it lets her imagination soar. Maya loves listening to
Classical 90.7 KVNO because it helps her learn more about music and she
finds it soothing. KVNO thanks the Soener Foundation for their support of
the award winning Classical Kids program.

February 2009
February’s Classical Kid is Westside Middle School student J. J. Toy, who
plays the piano and trumpet. In October 2008, he recorded a CD called
“J.J.’s Toybox”, on which he performed four songs in a duet with his private
piano teacher. J. J.’s favorite composer is Beethoven and he enjoys building
structures with Legos because of his interest in architecture. Thanks to the
Soener Foundation, in honor of Mary Soener for their support of KVNO’s
Classical Kids program.

March 2009
Yasmeen Bora is March’s Classical Kid. She is a 12-year-old violinist who
attends Millard North Middle School. Co-winning the Orchestra Omaha
competition and having the opportunity to play a solo with the orchestra at
the age of 10 made a very positive impression on Yasmeen. She also loves
to read because “it’s great to be able to just lose yourself in a book and not
have to worry about anything”. She listens to Classical 90.7 KVNO
because she can depend on it to expose her to a wide variety of classical
music, which helps her study. Classical Kids is sponsored by the Soener
Foundation in honor of Mary Belle Soener.

April 2009
April’s Classical Kid is Edward Berry who plays the piano, guitar, tin
whistle, keyboard and saxophone. A 12-year-old student at St. Stephen the
Martyr School, he played the “Maple Leaf Rag” in his schools’ talent show
when he as 8-years-old. Edward got many compliments on his performance
and says, “they were amazed because they probably didn’t expect that level
of music from me”. His other interests include reading, skiing, playing
baseball, listening to music, playing with friends and video games. KVNO
is grateful to the Soener Foundation, in honor of Mary Soener for their
support of Classical Kids in 2009.

May 2009
Frank Deng is May’s Classical Kid. An 11-year-old student at Reeder
Elementary School, he plays the saxophone and piano. Frank enjoys playing
“Rondo” and “Sonatina in F” by Beethoven on the piano, as well as playing
the saxophone. He enjoys doing math and learning new things “because it is
fun and I get smarter and learn more”. Frank listens to Classical 90.7
KVNO because he likes the songs. The Soener Foundation, in honor of
Mary Belle Soener sponsors KVNO’s Classical Kids.

June 2009
June’s Classical Kid is Mallory Burton, a 10-year-old student at Hitchcock
Elementary School who plays the violin, piano and is a soprano. She earned
her first-ever trophy for top scores at the Nebraska Summer Music Olympics
in 2008. Mallory enjoys make believe, cooking, riding her bike and playing
soccer. She listens to Classical 90.7 KVNO to pretend she is plaing the
instrument or competing with the musician who is performing. KVNO
thanks the Soener Foundation, in honor of Mary Soener for their support of
our Classical Kids program.

July 2009
Twelve-year-old Noah Holmes, II is July’s Classical Kid. A student at St.
Bernadette School, he plays the piano and received the only standing ovation
at a recital where he performed in June 2008. Noah enjoys drawing and
painting when he is not playing the piano. He likes Classical 90.7 KVNO
because it is his favorite kind of music. Thanks to the Soener Foundation, in
honor of Mary Belle Soener for their sponsorship of KVNO’s Classical Kids
program.

August 2009
Receiving the honor as the August Classical Kid is 9 year-old Ruth Hailu, a
pianist who attends Brownell-Talbot School. She says her experience of
playing in her first recital at age 5 was “very exciting and rewarding when
all the people got up, clapped and cheered for me”. Ruth likes to swim and
is a member of a competition team. She listens to Classical 90.7 KVNO to
hear the pianists. KVNO thanks the Soener Foundation, in honor of Mary
Soener for their support of Classical Kids in 2009.

September 2009
Sheng-Jie Lim is KVNO’s Classical Kid for September. A 10-year-old, he
plays the piano and cello and attends Grace Abbott Elementary School.
Sheng-Jie’s musical experiences include singing on stage at the age of 3,
singing in his church choir for 5 years, accompanying his church choir at the
age of 7 and earning the only superior rating for a student under the age of
10 at a competition in 2008. He enjoys reading adventure books and
watching movies. Sheng-Jie enjoys Classical 90.7 KVNO because it helps
him start and end his day in a great way. KVNO is grateful to the Soener
Foundation, honoring Mary Soener for their ongoing support of Classical
Kids.

October 2009
October’s Classical Kid is 12-year-old Donny Pistillo, a student at St.
Wenceslas School. A pianist, he was thrilled to earn a superior rating for all
10 songs he performed from memory at the National Guild of Piano
competition. Donny also plays the accordion, bells and the recorder. He
loves to play basketball as a point guard and attend Nebraska football games.
Donny enjoys listening to KVNO so he can listen to some of the pieces he
plays and identify the instruments. KVNO thanks the Soener Foundation,
honoring Mary Belle Soener for their support of Classical Kids.

November 2009
Hitchcock Elementary School student Varun Noronha is the November
Classical Kid. A 10-year-old who plays the piano, he says when he began
playing, “it was practice, practice, practice until the contest day”. It paid off
when the results were announced and prepared him for future competitions.
In his spare time, Varun loves playing basketball, soccer and playing with
his dog. He loves listening to KVNO on the way to his piano lessons.
KVNO is grateful to the Soener Foundation, honoring Mary Soener for their
ongoing support of Classical Kids.

December 2009
Grace Yohannes is December’s Classical Kid. She is a 10 year-old student
at Brownell-Talbot School and plays the piano. Grace has enjoyed
performing in several performances, including the role of a crow in “The
Wizard of Oz”. In addition to her musical and dramatic roles, she loves
gymnastics and swimming. Grace enjoys listing to KVNO because it
relaxes her and she really enjoys the music. Classical Kids is made possible
by the Soener Foundation in honor of Mary Soener.
 

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