Two students awarded Spinella Music Prize - Kingswood Oxford

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April 25, 2023

Two students awarded Spinella Music Prize

KO musicians Alex Gumkowski ‘26 and Dorian Ciscel ‘26 were awarded the Spinella Prize, given to a student(s) who will take a risk, push themselves to their limits while being kind, sensitive, and passionate. 


The award honors Joseph Spinella, class of ‘97, a talented drummer and artist who loved life and embodied the Kingswood Oxford core values of honesty, integrity, respect, and caring beyond self. Spinella pushed himself to improve as a human being on a daily basis and was never afraid to take a risk or a chance to see what he could learn from an experience. He passed away suddenly of a brain aneurysm in the spring of 2016. In honor of their son’s love and passion for music, the Spinella’s developed the Spinella Prize, which supports a Kingswood Oxford student(s) looking to increase their own knowledge and abilities as a performer.


Congratulations to Alex and Dorian!

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