Interview with Alexandria DeWalt on Grammy Camp

Music Doing Good Scholarship recipient, Alexandria DeWalt, was one of 8 students selected from across the county to participate in 2017 Grammy Camp, in conjunction with the 59th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA earlier this year. In addition to this auspicious invitation, Alex also attended the Berklee Global Summer Jazz Institute and performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, which was another invitation that directly resulted from her participation at Grammy Camp. Soon she will head off to University of Miami for another music workshop. We are so proud of Alex and are enjoying watching the opportunities unfold for this talent young singer.

Alex attended the Music Doing Good Master Class with legendary singer songwriter and Grammy Award winner, Melissa Manchester.

What was the atmosphere like?

The atmosphere at the Grammy camp was oozing with energy, creativity, and acceptance. On the first night, the Grammy choir went to the outside lounge area and immediately clicked. We were all sitting around the fire singing our repertoire, and you could tell in that moment that we had become a family.

How many others were selected?

There were 7 other vocalists, 8 in total

Who was your favorite instructor?

My favorite instructor was probably Mrs. Susana Wegner. She was not only our vocal coach but also the mother of the group. She taught me about the technical aspects of singing and how to take care of my body and voice.

What was the most valuable skill you learned?

The most valuable skill I learned was how life would be like if I were to go on tour. Having little time to put together a whole show and perform it like you have been doing it for years.

How has it impacted your singing and/or your plans for the future?

It has impacted my singing in the sense that I am more aware of what I am doing technically rather than feeling it out. It has impacted my future in that I now have new lifelong friends that I will someday make music with again. It solidified the idea of me wanting to be a jazz vocalist/flutist.

Grammy camp was the opportunity of a lifetime. I was able to work with some of the best musicians of my time and with some of the best vocal instructors of all. We call ourselves the Grammy family because we are truly a family. Anyways, I was able to sing at some of the best jazz spots in LA as well as at the Grammy Nominee party where I got to meet one of my favorite vocalists, Gregory Porter. I was able to make beautiful music with extremely talented musicians, and I can honestly say it was one of the BEST times of my life.

Grammy Award winning Jazz vocalist Diane Schuur also provided a Master Class for Music Doing Good and Alex was asked to participate.