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Canyon Country teen to attend renowned Interlochen Arts Camp

Posted: April 7, 2010 1:25 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2010 3:14 p.m.

Canyon Country's Katie Watson is off to Interlochen this summer.

 
INTERLOCHEN, Mich. - Katie Watson, 14, of Canyon Country, Calif., has been accepted and will attend the Interlochen Arts Camp in northern Michigan, the world's premier summer arts program for aspiring artists' grades 3 through 12.

Watson, the daughter of Sheree La Puma-Watson and Scott Watson, will study visual arts at the camp.

In 2010, the camp will mark its 83rd season at the forefront of arts education.

Katie Watson is a high school freshman at the Academy of the Canyons in Valencia, Calif. AOC is a combination of high school and college courses.

She also attends the Art Center College of Design on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to being a straight A honor student, Watson performs at least 10 hours of community service each semester.

She has worked for the Michael Hoefflin foundation, the Los Angeles A.S.P.C.A., the Assistance League and the Gentle Barn.

Last year, straight out of 8th grade, she was honored with a spot at CSSSA or Innerspark, the California Summer Institute for the Arts, where she spent a month living and studying visual arts on the CalArts campus in Valencia.

In addition to being an artist, Watson plays piano, sings and performs in local theater productions.

Interlochen Arts Camp attracts students, faculty and staff from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries.

These 3,000 artists fill Interlochen's northwoods campus with an explosion of creativity.

Student-artists learn from world-class instructors and produce hundreds of presentations each summer in dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts, music and film.

Among the distinguished camp alumni are Norah Jones, singer Josh Groban, opera and concert soprano Jessye Norman, conductor Loren Maazel, jazz pianist Eldar, actor Anthony Rapp, cartoonist Cathy Guisewite and many more.

Approximately 10 percent of the nation's professional orchestra musicians have roots at Interlochen and the alumni community has been honored with 90 Grammy Awards.

In addition to hundreds of performances, presentations and readings by young artists, Interlochen brings leading artists and performers to the northern Michigan campus.

In recent years, guest artists have included Joshua Bell, Olga Kern, Bob Dylan, Van Cliburn, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Guster, Lyle Lovett, Trace Adkins, Branford Marsalis, The Moody Blues and many more.

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