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Music Internship at the New York Summer Music Festival by David Newton

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For my summer enrichment project I spent six weeks at the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, New York. The program was large and all encompassing: there were about 200 students aged 12 to 25, …

For my summer enrichment project I spent six weeks at the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, New York. The program was large and all encompassing: there were about 200 students aged 12 to 25, and both classical and jazz styles were taught. My day to day activities consisted of private lessons, master classes, jazz combos, and traditional classroom lectures. My experience allowed me to grow considerably as a musician. As a result, I now have a much better perspective on the level of knowledge, practice, and ability it takes to be successful in the world of a jazz musician. Through this new perspective, my enrichment project has given me the invaluable realization that my passions lay elsewhere. Deciding whether to pursue music professionally or not has been a constant struggle for me over the past few years, and I am incredibly grateful that this experience has been a catalyst in helping me make that decision.

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  • 1. Music Internship at the New York Summer Music Festival David Newton, Centre College Abstract Mentors For my summer enrichment project I spent six weeks at the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, New York. The program was large and all encompassing: there were about 200 students aged 12 to 25, and both classical and jazz styles were taught. My day to day activities consisted of private lessons, master classes, jazz combos, and traditional classroom lectures. My experience allowed me to grow considerably as a musician. As a result, I now have a much better perspective on the level of knowledge, practice, and ability it takes to be successful in the world of a jazz musician. Through this new perspective, my enrichment project has given me the invaluable realization that my passions lay elsewhere. Deciding whether to pursue music professionally or not has been a constant struggle for me over the past few years, and I am incredibly grateful that this experience has been a catalyst in helping me make that decision. Mike Holober New York based jazz pianist who leads the Gotham Jazz Orchestra John Riley Beautiful Oneonta, NY American jazz drummer who has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and is currently the drummer for the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Performing in Master Class Luis Bonilla Typical Jazz Combo Performance World renowned and Grammy award winning jazz trombonist Special Thanks Randy IngramI want to give a huge thank you to the Brown Foundation for allowing me to attend Up and coming jazz pianist and protégé ofthe New York Summer Music Festival. This summer experience has given me some Fred Hersch. Randy was one of my jazz pianomuch needed direction in my academics for which I am incredibly grateful. teachers and was probably the best musical mentor I have ever had.

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