Grace Brungardt

Instrumental | Piano

2011: Grant to attend the International Institute for Young Musicians at the University of Kansas
2012: Grant to attend the Piano Academy at Indiana University

I vividly remember the moment I fell in love with piano. Sitting alone in our living room, I was trying to listen to a Mozart CD for a school assignment but I accidentally started a CD already in the player — Chopin’s “Raindrop” prelude. Gripped by the music, I froze and my eyes filled with tears. I realized I wanted to create such beauty. By ninth grade I was practicing up to three hours per day, preparing to pursue piano professionally.

It was the Koch Cultural Trust who opened the door to opportunity for me to further my musical education. The grants gave me the means to go after my dreams, allowing me to attend two prestigious, enriching camps. Continuing my education, I studied piano for one year at the Catholic University of America and I am currently in my second year living in a convent in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I feel incredibly honored to have been chosen as a recipient. I have many friends living in different parts of the country who were surprised at the opportunities I have received through KCT. Our artistic community in Kansas is so active and I am extremely thankful for KCT and its contributions to the arts.