There are many yard signs in Iowa City proclaiming it The Greatest Small City of the Arts. While this is a recent official designation, the residents of Coralville, North Liberty, and Iowa City have long recognized this is a unique part of the state, where the fine arts thrive and are appreciated.
Formed in 1916, the Music Study Club’s focus has always been on programs featuring musical presentations, including verbal historical perspectives by the performers. Currently, the programs feature a combination of UI School of Music faculty and community members. The club has long recognized the importance of providing financial support to young musicians and began a scholarship program in 1937. They currently award a high school string scholarship and one for a UI music major.
The club members enjoy the energy, talent and obvious pursuit of excellence the young scholarship recipients display in their presentations. It is inspiring to know the love of making music is alive and well in our younger generations.
The high school recipient of the Music Study Club’s Betsy Hawtry String Scholarship is cellist Adrian Bostian. Adrian is a sophomore at City High School and is also an accomplished pianist. He began his cello studies at age nine with his father, Carey Bostian, a well-known professional cellist. After three years of study with him, he moved on to Laura Shaw of the Preucil School of Music. In addition to his current studies with Laura, he is a piano student of Lauree Christman of the Preucil School and began studying with her at age four. Adrian equally enjoys playing both instruments and, as he matures, he is finding great pleasure in being able to play string and piano chamber music. Adrian and his violinist brother Oliver, who received last year’s MSC Scholarship, are part of one of the best-known music-making families in the area. His parents, violinist Miera Kim and cellist Carey Bostian, are the core ensemble of Red Cedar Chamber Music and now both Adrian and Oliver are joining their parents and providing wonderful YouTube Chamber Music presentations during this time of the pandemic.
Pianist Karen Fox is the recipient of the university-level scholarship. Karen is in her final year at the UI, studying piano performance and pre-medicine. She currently studies with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. Karen experienced some exciting summer study in 2017 and 2018 at the Semper Music International Festival in Vols am Schlern, Italy. Also in 2018, she attended the Wiener Musik Seminar in Vienna, Austria.
Her excellence in the academic and music fields was evident in high school. She graduated valedictorian from Dakota Valley High School in South Dakota, was a member of the South Dakota All-State Choir and also accompanied the choir for four years. Karen volunteers at IC Mercy Hospital and is a Supplemental Instruction leader at the university. After graduation, she plans on attending medical school and having a career as a physician.
Karen and Adrian are…