Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Merritt Island Student Receives National Honor

Young musician will attend Interlochen Arts Camp as Emerson Scholar

MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Andrew Cheshire of Merritt Island has been named one of only 43 Emerson Scholars and will receive a full scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring young musicians. Emerson scholars are selected from among the top applicants to the competitive summer arts program.
 Cheshire, 15, will attend Interlochen Arts Camp this summer to study the violin and perform with distinguished youth ensembles. He is the son of Gregory and Janice Cheshire and attends Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island, Fla. Cheshire takes private violin lessons with Amy Jevitt. He is the associate concertmaster of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and maintains a 4.0 GPA. He has participated in the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) All-State Orchestra and several orchestras in Brevard County. Although he is also interested in engineering and architecture, he hopes to become a violinist in a professional orchestra. Cheshire looks forward to the artistic atmosphere at Interlochen this summer. “I think Interlochen will be a great experience that provides me with musical knowledge and fun memories.”
 Sponsored by Emerson of St. Louis, the Emerson Scholar Program provides the opportunity for outstanding high school musicians to attend Interlochen Arts Camp, located in northwest Michigan. The Emerson Scholars Award provides full tuition, private lessons, and room and board for the six-week summer program. This is the 23rd year Emerson has sponsored the scholarship program.
 “Every year, Interlochen Arts Camp brings together some of the most talented and motivated students from around the world,” said Interlochen President Jeffrey S. Kimpton. “Thanks to the generosity of Emerson, we are able to extend even more opportunities to talented young artists by providing them with an experience unlike any other.”
To be eligible for the Emerson Scholarship, students must be in grades nine through twelve and demonstrate exceptional skill and proficiency on harp, string, wind or percussion instruments. Upon arrival to the Arts Camp, Emerson Scholars contribute their talent and energy to one of Interlochen’s highly-regarded youth ensembles, including the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. This year, the orchestra will perform with world-renowned musicians including pianist Awadagin Pratt and cellist Anthony Ross. The group is conducted by the dynamic Jung Ho Pak and will also welcome guest conductors Osmo Vanska, music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, and JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. 
“To be recognized as an Emerson Scholar puts these students in a most elite and prestigious group of talented people,” said Kimpton. “It is quite an honor, not only for the students themselves, but also for the people and places that helped them to become the promising young musicians they are.”
Since 1990, Emerson has been active in supporting the development of young artists and students. Emerson is a global company that brings together technology and engineering to provide innovative solutions for customers in a wide range of industrial, commercial, and consumer markets. In business since 1890, Emerson has grown to become one of the world's leading manufacturing companies, with a global presence spanning 150 countries. With products ranging from climate control technologies, home appliances motors, storage systems, food disposers, ceiling fans, and computer power surge protection, Emerson is a presence in nearly every household.
“Interlochen and Emerson complement one another,” noted Robert M. Cox, Jr., senior vice president at Emerson, “because both organizations positively impact the quality of life for individuals and cultures all over the world.”
Interlochen Arts Camp attracts students, faculty and staff from all 50 U.S. states and 40 countries. These 3,000 kindred spirits fill Interlochen’s northwoods campus with an explosion of creativity and inspiration. The world’s best and brightest students train intensively with world-class instructors and produce more than 400 presentations each summer in dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts, music and motion picture arts. Students also attend performances by scores of guest artists. Acts appearing this summer as part of the Summer Arts Festival include Gavin DeGraw, Buddy Guy, Pilobolus, the Pacifica Quartet, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Capitol Steps, Blind Pilot, and many more.   

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