Stacy Miller, a Knoxville cello teacher and a cellist in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, is headed back to her old Kansas stomping grounds for the High Plains Band and Orchestra Camp, a week long instrumental camp for middle and high school students at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Miller originally hails from Salina, Kansas, less than 100 miles east of Hays. She is taking along one of her cello students enrolled in the camp, Kevin Dopatka, who will be a high school sophomore next year. Miller will also be performing in the faculty band at the camp and will be playing a bit of chamber music--a Beethoven trio for clarinet, cello and piano--at one of the nightly faculty concerts.
In addition to her travels, Miller has also released a children's book published by the KSO entitled Better then Cookies, As good as Cake!, a story about a young girl who gets a violin and loves the sound of string instruments so much, she decides to form a string quartet. The book's illustrations are by Rockwood artist Stephen Brown.
"I wanted a book that could be read in the libraries where our KSO string quartets go to play for story times," said Miller. "It could also be used in schools, for Kindergarten to about 2nd grade...[the book also covers] some musical terminology... as well as the rehearsal process. Underlying is the theme of the joy of music making."
Better then Cookies, As good as Cake! will be available during the 75th anniversary season of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra this fall.