Students in PROJECT MUSIC make an ambitious commitment to their music education, studying in lessons and rehearsals for 90 minutes after school every day. For six students in the program, that dedication paid off grandly this summer, when they successfully auditioned into the Archipelago Project Music Camp in Traverse City, MI, with full-ride scholarships. The selected Stamford students were Aaron Monterroso, 12, Adriel Lemus, 9, Cara Sweeney, 11, Edwin Rodriguez, 11, Kamrin Wilson, 11, and Selin Agurcia, 13, all of whom study in PROJECT MUSIC’s Chester Addison Community Center band program. The camp, which ran July 27 – August 4 this year, has been produced since 2004 by the Archipelago Project, a nonprofit music education ensemble dedicated to advocating musical arts through performance, residency, and consultation. This is the second year that students from PROJECT MUSIC have been invited to participate.
The summer camp involved nine days of intensive classes in which students composed, arranged, and rehearsed music with visiting faculty members from around the country. The students also participated in ten performances, including a premier of their original compositions on WNMC Community Radio. In their time off, campers visited several northern Michigan parks and beaches, and lived in dormitories at the Twin Lakes Camp, a Grand Traverse County facility. Other student participants in the camp were drawn from the Traverse City Area Public Schools, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program, and Bravo Waterbury!, an educational arm of the Waterbury Symphony in Connecticut.