Merritt Island Student To Attend Top Music Camp

By  //  July 5, 2012

Aspiring Professional Violinist

BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – A  Merritt Island High School student 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.

Merritt Island High School's Andrew Cheshire will attend the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan this summer. (Image courtesy Brevard PublIc Schools)

Andrew 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 takes private violin lessons with Amy Jevitt.

Cheshire 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 All-State Orchestra and several orchestras in Brevard County.

Although Cheshire also is interested in engineering and architecture, he hopes to become a violinist in a professional orchestra and is looking forward to the artistic atmosphere at Interlochenr.

“I think Interlochen will be a great experience that provides me with musical knowledge and fun memories,” he said.

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.

Emerson scholars are selected from among the top applicants to the competitive summer arts program.

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.