May 2019 – The winner of the Metheny Music Foundation’s 2019 “Knight Award” is bassoonist Kinady Allen, a senior at Lee’s Summit West High School. She plans to attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall with a double major in bassoon performance and music education.
The Metheny Music Foundation of Lee’s Summit (MO), a 501(c)(3) created in 2007, introduced its first college music scholarship in 2013 named in honor of William R. and Lorene Metheny Knight. Lorene “Rene” Knight was the aunt of Foundation board members Mike and Pat Metheny and was a 1935 graduate of Lee’s Summit High School. Trumpeter and board chairman Mike Metheny is a 1967 LSHS graduate, and his brother Pat, a winner of 20 Grammy Awards, graduated in 1972.
The Metheny Foundation has also awarded its annual music camp and summer studies scholarships for 2019. Those recipients are Brett Barger (clarinet, Lee’s Summit West High School), Ishmael Brown (cello, Lee’s Summit West High School), Cara Cha (viola, Lee’s Summit Senior High School), and Tucker Maxwell (violin, Lee’s Summit West High School). Barger plans to attend the Tanglewood Institute Clarinet Workshop (Massachusetts); Brown, the Chloe Trevor Music Academy (Texas); Cha, the Honors Performance Strings Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House (Australia); and Maxwell, the Esterhazy String Quartet Seminar at the University of Missouri, Columbia.