Posting Date: May 17, 2010

Meet Alexandra Khaimovich: A journey in the making

By Tabatha Wahlquist

Alexandra Khaimovich (above and

below, second from left, with the KSU Orchestra)

Photos by Linda Tincher

When Alexandra Khaimovich moved to the United States from Kazakhstan three years ago, college seemed like a distant dream. However, Alexandra did not give up. She began taking courses and studying English on her own. Soon after, Alexandra was introduced to the Kennesaw State University School of Music by her brother, who was already enrolled at KSU. Through her hard work, Alexandra joined the School of Music, where she is currently studying music performance and pursuing her dream of a college degree.

In Kazakhstan, the violinist attended kindergarten near a music school. At the recommendation of Alexandra’s teacher, her mother enrolled her in music classes at the nearby school. As Alexandra recalls, “There was only one piano, but if I chose to play violin, I was guaranteed a part in the orchestra. Everything else just developed from there.”

Alexandra played violin for 12 years at The Music School for Gifted Children, one of only three schools of its kind in Kazakhstan. In addition to playing, Alexandra also studied music history and theory. “It was a very good experience,” says the 21-year-old, who has now been playing violin for 15 years. Alexandra’s experience and diligence have been a gift to the KSU School of Music.

“Alexandra has a commanding presence as a violin player and is a great leader in the orchestra, but almost as important is her positive attitude. She makes the people around her better by her presence and her wonderful musicianship,” says KSU Director of Orchestras Michael Alexander. Alexandra is a member of the KSU Orchestra and plays in several chamber groups. This past year she has been co-concertmaster of the KSU Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist with several groups, including the KSU Women's Chorus.

Last January, Alexandra attended the Georgia Music Educators Conference in Savannah, where she performed as concertmaster in the All-College Orchestra. “Alexandra is a very special person, musician and student. She is representative of the kind of students we have at KSU, and I am proud to work with her,” says Alexander.

Alexandra feels blessed to have found the KSU School of Music. “I like my teachers the most,” she says. “They are great musicians, and when I study with them or play in the orchestra, it’s a release from all the stress of school.” After graduation, the KSU sophomore plans to attend graduate school and continue studying music performance.


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