April 17, 2012
By Darla Martin Tucker
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – (www.lasierra.edu) For La Sierra University concerto competition winners Casey Hoehn and Allison Cheng, musical interests and medical pursuits are in their DNA, family talents carried into the next generation.
Hoehn, a trumpet player and Cheng, a soprano vocalist, are this year’s respective first place and runner up winners of La Sierra’s 54th Annual Concerto Competition. Both are music and pre-med majors and come from families where one or both parents hold medical degrees as well as years of experience as amateur and professional musicians.
“My parents actually met playing in orchestra during medical school,” said Cheng, a La Sierra freshman. Cheng’s parents, Karen Ulloth and Keith Cheng, are both doctors and became acquainted while members of the Loma Linda University Orchestra. Her mother plays violin and her father the piano, violin and viola.
In the future, Allison Cheng plans to apply to Loma Linda University Medical School and if that doesn’t work out, she may pursue a graduate music degree, she said.
Hoehn, a senior, will begin medical school at Loma Linda in August. “I hope to continue being involved in musical endeavors,” he said. His mother, a harpist, holds a doctorate in music from Indiana University, and his father is an emergency medicine physician who plays the cello and sings bass with the Sacramento Chorale Society. In addition, Hoehn’s brother, a bass trombonist, is finishing his Masters in Music at The Juilliard School in New York City.
Hoehn and Cheng will bring their talents to La Sierra’s stage during the 54th Annual Concerto Concert, April 21, 8:15 p.m., at La Sierra University’s Hole Memorial Auditorium. Admission is free. The La Sierra University Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Carter will accompany the performers.