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Stadium student receives prestigious Emerson scholarship to Interlochen

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on June 30, 2010 at 6:26 am with No Comments »
June 30, 2010 10:08 am


Bassoonist Benjamin Roidl-Ward, Stadium High student, who has won an Emerson scholarship to Interlochen arts camp. Photo courtesy Catherine Monson.

Tacoma bassoon student Benjamin Roidl-Ward, a rising senior at Stadium High School, has been named one of 45 recipients of the Emerson scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Camp this summer. Interlochen, in northwest Michigan, is among the world’s premier summer arts programs for young musicians, and attracts hundreds of participants from 40 countries. Emerson scholars are selected from among the top applicants to the competitive summer arts program.  

Roidl-Ward will study the bassoon and perform with Interlochen Arts Camp’s renowned youth ensembles. Recently chosen to perform a concerto with the Seattle Symphony under prodigy conductor Alexander Prior, Roidl-Ward also participates in the Stadium band and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. In 2010, he won the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras’ concerto competition, along with the Beatrice Hermann Young Artist Recital Competition, sponsored by the Tacoma Philharmonic.

Says Roidl-Ward: “I am extremely excited to spend six more weeks surrounded by such extraordinary young artists of every discipline.”

Sponsored by Emerson of St. Louis, the Emerson Scholars Award provides full tuition, private lessons, and room and board for the six-week Interlochen program. Scholars will get the chance to work with musicians such as clarinetist David Shifrin, violinist Philippe Quint and conductors Jung Ho Pak, Erik Nielsen and JoAnn Falletta.  

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

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