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About KPS Orchestra

Welcome to the Kearney Public Schools Orchestra website! The vision of KPS is to "provide a safe, supportive learning community that empowers students to become problem-solvers, engaged citizens, and compassionate people who own their future". Music is the medium through which we encourage problem-solving and critical thinking. Music promotes empathy and compassion. Our program begins in the 5th grade and lasts through high school. KPS Orchestras consistently receive outstanding ratings at music contests, and have received countless awards throughout the years.

Violin Players

Inspire and empower students

to impact the world

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About Jeana Peterson

Mrs. Peterson has been teaching since 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska Kearney. Mrs. Peterson teaches 5th grade orchestra at each of the 10 elementary schools, 6th and 7th grade at Horizon and Sunrise Middle School, and assists with the Kearney High School orchestra programs. She is currently the Newsletter Editor for the Nebraska American String Teacher Association and serves on the ASTA National K-12 Committee. 

Since she is in multiple buildings each day, the best way to contact her is by email at


About Sadie Uhing 

Sadie Uhing serves as the Orchestra Director at Kearney High School and directs the Symphonic Orchestra, Camerata, Freshman Orchestra, and 8th Grade Orchestra at Horizon and Sunrise Middle Schools. She is a Nebraska native and recent graduate from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Sadie studied Music Education and Music Performance during her time at UNK, and even travelled globally to Germany to study under trumpet player Anthony Plog. From jazz to classical, she has been trained in many musical styles and loves interpreting and performing diverse repertoire. Sadie has performed in a variety of ensembles such as the Nebraska Brass Band, Kearney Symphony Orchestra, Kearney Municipal Band, and the Flatwater Jazz Orchestra. She is also a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Nebraska Music Education Association, Nebraska String Teachers Association, and the American String Teachers Association. 


The best way to contact her is through email at as she is travelling between schools each day.


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