Mom knows best

Posted at: 04/17/2013 3:50 PM
Updated at: 04/17/2013 6:02 PM
By: Janet Lomax

We've all heard the saying, "Listen to your mother." Eastman School of Music junior Keenan McKoy is glad he did. Her advice propelled him into the spotlight.

McKoy is a long way from his hometown of Dillon, South Carolina. He is in Rochester, thanks in part to his mother's wisdom. He has been playing the saxophone since seventh grade band class. It wasn't his choice, he was assigned the instrument. But his mother was encouraging.

McKoy said, "She said learn how to play the saxophone then you can learn to play other instruments because the fingering is similar. I am not sure how she knew because she is not musically inclined, but mama knows best!"

He stuck with it and his talent was noticed early on. In high school, he was accepted at the Governor's School for the Arts in Greenville, South Carolina. Now he is at the Eastman School of Music, majoring in Saxophone Performance and Music Education.

Lately, he has been putting in extra hours of study with Professor Chien-Kwan Lin and for good reason. McKoy is the 2013 Search for Excellence Scholarship winner.  For more than a quarter of a century, the Rochester NY Chapter of The Links, Inc. has given tens of thousands of dollars in scholarship monies to Eastman students for artistic excellence and presents the winner in recital. This year, it is McKoy.

You can hear McKoy on Sunday April 28 at 3:00p.m. in Kilbourn Hall. The recital is free and open to the public but tickets are required. You can get them at the Eastman School of Music Concert Office at 274-1110.

McKoy is ready to play his sax and says he hopes the audience will feel the same joy he feels every time he performs.