An opportunity for a life-changing experience is on the horizon for Borderland area youth.
Tuesday Musicale recently announced auditions will soon take place for its “Music for Our Youth” summer music camp scholarship program for 2019. Each year, student musicians ages 12 to 18 are selected to attend one of three summer programs: the North Shore Summer Music Experience on the University of Minnesota Duluth Campus, Bemidji Music Experience at Bemidji State University or the International Music Camp Summer School of Fine Arts in Dunseith, N.D.
Since its inception in 1934, the mission of Tuesday Musicale has been to support the musical arts at the high school level through its scholarship fundraising program.
The camp curriculum offers opportunities for students to play or sing in large groups and small ensembles, attend daily instrumental development classes, music theory classes, choral rehearsals, master class technique building, musicianship and college music preparation, as well as a closing concert and awards ceremony.
And former students of Falls High School are encouraging participation.
Kerry Meyers, who in both 2015 and 2016 won a scholarship for voice, started her music career early with choir and piano lessons in elementary school. She then went on to participate in choir and band at the high school level.
“Music has always been a part of my life,” she said, which is a reason why she decided to apply for the opportunities through Tuesday Musicale. “I applied for the scholarship because I love music and wanted to expand my experience. I’m so glad I did get to go to music camp because I met some amazing people and learned so much more about music.”
Another FHS alum, Kylan Bjorkquist in 2017 received a scholarship for trumpet, and he, too, was changed by the experience. Both Meyers and Bjorkquist attended the North Shore Summer Music Experience at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Bjorkquist, who has played the trumpet since fifth grade, wasn’t originally chosen as a scholarship recipient, so he returned for a second year and auditioned again.
“I think the first time I auditioned I was thinking ‘why not?’ I’ve always liked to see how I measure up to others and it was an interesting way to see how much I’ve grown,” he told The Journal. “The second time I went back was more for redemption than anything else, (but) I didn’t know what it meant to get the scholarship until I got to the camp.”
What Bjorkquist will never forget? Performing on the final night of camp.
“It was amazing what we all had accomplished in only a week. It was so surreal and I can’t quite put it into words,” he said. “I got so much better at playing music, (but) the people were the best part. I don’t know how it happened, but I made a lot of friends and I’m not sure there was anyone who was by themselves during the whole thing. (It) was one of the best times of my life.”
Both Bjorkquist and Meyers encourage any student who loves music to audition for the scholarships available.
“Winning the scholarship made me know that I wanted music to be in my life always,” said Meyers. “Students should apply for the scholarship to expand their musical knowledge and their love for music. Not only is it a fun and great experience, it is also great to continue your music career.”
“Even students who are only interested a little bit in music should (audition) — music is only half the experience,” he said. “I had so much fun whether I was holding an instrument or not. I would totally encourage anyone to at least try.”
For more information on the scholarships available, contact Kathy Thompkins at 503-333-8391.