Sounds of music ring true for sisters
The Beeves sisters and the Basehor-Linwood school district joined an illustrious group of 14 schools when two of them recently walked away with Division 1 ratings at the Kansas State High School AA state piano festival.
Kristen and Karah Beeves were both awarded Division 1 ratings at the festival in Wichita on Feb. 18. More than 200 students from across the state and from all sizes of schools competed. Sister Charissa Beeves also competed in the festival and came away with a Division 2 rating. All three sisters received Division 1 ratings at regionals; another sister, Lauren earned a Division 3 rating at state.
"Someone is always playing the piano, another instrument or singing at our house," Kristen Beeves said.
The Beeves sisters grew up in a musical household. Their mom, Laura, has a degree in piano performance and music education. She began teaching each of her daughters the piano when they were 5.
"They've grown up around music," Laura Beeves said. "They have been hearing music since before they were born."
With one upright piano and mom giving them lessons, the sisters fit practice in where they can.
"When we were little we would pick a certain day to have lessons with mom," Kristen said. "Now it is basically whenever the piano is free, which tends to be on the weekends."
Lauren and Karah, who are freshmen, are twins, and Kristen and Charissa, who are sophomores, are twins.
The sisters do not limit themselves to the piano. All four girls -- Lauren, Karah, Kristen and Charissa -- are involved in BLHS choirs, band and orchestra.
"Sometimes we are the musical entertainment at church," Karah said. "One of us will play piano, a couple of us will play other instruments and another one will sing."
The girls have switched gears from piano and now are concentrating on band, orchestra and choir in preparation for league competition on March 4. The girls will be performing an orchestra quartet, as well as group and individual pieces. After league competition, there is a regional competition on April 8 and state on April 29.
"I've been working with the girls since they were in the fourth grade," said Paul Wilburn, district orchestra teacher. "They have taken full advantage of the district's music department by being actively involved in band, choir and orchestra."
All four girls are tentatively planning on extending their involvement in music performance in to college, but are unsure whether they will make music part of their career.