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Kosberg kids play together

7/20/2012

By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

Spring Hill USD 230 is well-represented at this week's High Plains Music Camp at Fort Hays State University.

Not only does it have approximately 20 students in attendance, but Spring Hill's music teacher also is here for the camp, which is celebrating its 65th anniversary.

Sarah Dorian, a guest instructor, got a master's degree at FHSU. She has among the most students at the camp, including four from one family.

"It's really cool that they came," Dorian said.

All four Kosberg siblings play string instruments; string instruction was added to the camp in 2009. Ethan Kosberg, who will be in the seventh grade this fall, plays the bass. Younger sister Allison, who will be in sixth grade, plays the cello, as does ninth-grader Makayla. Big sister Kasaundra, a 10th-grader, plays the violin.

"It's so cool teaching all four of them," Dorian said. "Any time they can, they want to play together."

Ethan Kosberg enjoys playing the bass. He likes his instrument "because not many other people like to play the bass."

"I like alternative strings," he said. "Instead of just playing all classical music, you play like rock music and stuff like that."

The camp rocks for Ethan's sister, Makayla. She followed in the footsteps of her older sister, violinist Kasaundra, to play a string instrument.

"I knew I wanted to be in orchestra because (Kasaundra) would tell me how fun it was," Makayla said.

Makayla knew the violin wasn't for her, so she chose another instrument.

"I didn't want to play the violin, because, come on, that would be boring to play the same thing as (Kasaundra)," Makayla said. "I didn't like the bass because it was ginormous, and I just decided to play the cello."

Dorian, who grew up in Wichita, decided to return to Kansas after spending several years living in the Seattle area. Even though the temperature this week is scorching by comparison, it's cool for Dorian to be at the camp. Interacting with other instructors from far and wide is a treat, she said.

"These are things you don't get to do during the school year," Dorian said. "You don't get to meet and talk and correspond. That's why I like it."

An accomplished musician herself, Dorian played the violin at age 3, the piano at 5 and the cello at 6; she considers herself a cellist. She received a music degree from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame. She also received a master of science degree in education from FHSU.

Dorian worked on her FHSU degree online but also made campus visits. She gives high marks to the university and the music camp.

Dorian has been teaching at Spring Hill four years. Her first year, four students went to FHSU's camp. That number grew to more than 30 last year, and just more than 20 this year. The camp is invaluable in more ways than just instruction, Dorian said.

"What I think is neat about it for them, first of all, (it) prepares them for life," Dorian said. "The application process, meeting deadlines, the practicing, writing essays. This is like preparation for college.

"Then they get to come here and live like college students, but in the safety of Hays."

Dorian said she enjoys teaching all of her students, but added the Kosberg siblings are special.

"The family's nice, the kids are nice," Dorian said. "When I write recommendations for them, I'm at a loss to say, because I have so much to say."

"This family and these kids are what make the world a better place."