In 2016, Music Doing Good awarded music scholarships to 74 Houston students in the 4th through 12th grades. It is inspiring to see these students study, learn, and develop as musicians and as young adults.
Alexandria DeWalt, one of our Scholarships recipients, used her Music Doing Good Scholarship to help cover the costs to attend two music camps this summer. Alexandria attended the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute in New York as well as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center All Female Summer Jazz Camp at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Alexandria is a jazz flutist and vocalist, and both of these camps impacted her in meaningful ways. While attending the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute, Alexandria worked with jazz musicians young and old from across the country. She left feeling connected to and energized by her peers. “What
I found the most inspiring was the hope that I will get to play with these people on the bandstand later in my life.”
Alexandria also attended the New Jersey Performing Arts Center All Female Summer Jazz Camp. After attending the Skidmore camp, where she was one of only five female attendees, the all-female setting of NJPAC was much different. “I had never been surrounded by so many female artists. It was a great feeling of belonging to this unique community of musicians…[it] made me realize that there are so many women out there who have not yet been recognized on the list alongside the great male musicians in the jazz arena.” After many performances and discussions, Alexandria felt connected. “We discussed how the sensitivity that women bring to life is missing from music today and how it is up to us to bring it forward in full force…this is one of my goals with my music.”
Alexandria has had the opportunity to attend master classes hosted by Music Doing Good with two award-winning musicians, Melissa Manchester and Diane Schuur. “I am thankful that I went to both of these camps. Both taught me how to be a better artist and to be compassionate about people and music. These experiences have been life changing…”
In February, Alexandria has also been invited to attend 2017 GRAMMY Camp®, sponsored by the Grammy Foundation® in Los Angeles. She is one of 32 students invited to participate in the program. You will be able to read about her experience in our Spring newsletter!