Local musician earns nat’l honor

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Rebekah Warren of Fayetteville has been named one of only 37 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.

Warren, 18, is attending Interlochen Arts Camp this summer to study the viola and perform with distinguished youth ensembles. She recently graduated from Fayetteville High School and has been playing viola for four years after switching from violin. She studies viola with Paulo Eskitch and violin with Jana
Burton and Dr. Er-Gene Kahng.

Warren plays in the Ozark Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the String Coalition program. In the fall, she will attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a double major in viola performance and music education.

“I am incredibly grateful and honored to have been selected to be an Emerson Scholar,” said Warren. “I’ve been given a tremendous opportunity to grow and improve my musicianship and couldn’t be more excited to study with the distinguished faculty and fellow students.”

The merit-based Emerson Scholarship, which recognized exceptional high-school musicians, was one of the most prestigious scholarship offerings at Interlochen Arts Camp for more than 20 years. While program funding has concluded, we are recognizing Emerson’s many years of significant philanthropic support by designating a group of students this summer who meet those high artistic standards. The Emerson Scholars receive full tuition, private lessons and room and board for the six-week summer program.

To be eligible for the Emerson Scholarship, students must be in grades nine through 12 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 the Interlochen’s highly regarded youth ensembles, including the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

“To be recognized as an Emerson Scholar puts these students in a most elite and prestigious group of talented people,” said Jeffrey Kimpton, president of the Interlochen Center for the Arts. “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.”

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 Northwood’s 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 Sheryl Crow, Willie nelson, Darius Rucker, Joshua Bell, Cavani String Quartet and many more. 

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