Kennedy Kosheluk of Preeceville was accepted into the Department of Music program at the University of Saskatchewan last year and is a step closer to attaining her dream of becoming a professional pianist.
Kosheluk showcased her skills with a piano recital featuring classical and original selections. She performed in front of many family and friends at the Trinity United Church in Preeceville on May 23.
The pieces she selected to perform were: Prelude and Fugue in B flat major; Sonata in E major; Nocturne in C minor; Prelude in D minor; Ballade, and an original piece, Threnody, which was created by Kosheluk.
"My first year was a challenge but I accomplished and learned so much more than I ever imagined," she said.
Kosheluk has achieved a Grade 10 level in piano and has been playing piano since she was six years old. She has not always wanted to make music her career. Originally she had wanted to be a journalist but her passion for music changed her mind.
"I grew up in a family of musicians," she said. "We always played together and my love for music has evolved.
“My mother Karolyn Kosheluk was my first piano teacher and through the years I have had several gifted teachers. Alina Havrylyuk, who is an accomplished pianist, was a great influence. Gillian Rice of Canora was another great coach who helped me achieve greater goals. Bonnie Nicholson of the faculty of music at the University of Saskatchewan has been the biggest influence in my journey. Nathan Seghers, who is the band teacher with Good Spirit School Division, has been a help with this entire process," she said.
Kosheluk has achieved many scholarships through her career, a number of which were for her performance at the Parkland Music Festival for numerous years. She has been recommended for provincials at the music festival.
The gifted musician has the ability to play other musical instruments, including the mandolin and guitar, but her passion is the piano.
Her future goals are to graduate with a bachelor in music degree and to open her own piano studio to teach others.