Hey everyone! My name is Nevada Gale, I'm 17 years old. I recently received an acceptance letter to play in the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Youth Symphony Orchestra(the IYSO) this upcoming summer(2018) which will be traveling to France, Germany and Luxembourg to perform famous compositions by Rimsky Korsakov, including Procession of the Nobels, Cappricio Espangole, and Scheherazade.
Here's my backstory. I have been playing the violin since I was 9, a total of 8 years. Over the course of those 8 years I have grown tremendously in my musical abilities, playing in school orchestras, youth symphonies(St. Cecilia's Music Society), and attending Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp's(BLFAC) summer programs for the last 7 years. This past summer, I was first chair 2nd violin in the Symphony Orchestra.
I believe that playing in the IYSO this upcoming summer is the next major step in my musical career. The IYSO is an invitation-only ensemble and only 240 people have been selected out of nearly 2000 applicants. Most students accepted only after an audition that is meticulously reviewed by the IYSO coordinators. However, 6 students are chosen purely by recommendation from the faculty and staff at BLFAC, this year I was one of the 6 chosen. I am honored and extremely humbled by the fact I was chosen because I give my best at every rehearsal and strive for excellence when it comes to my instrument and never thought I would be chosen for an honor as highly regarded as this.
Your help in raising the funds for me to go on this journey in my musical career would mean the world to me. As a young classical musician in a world where classical music is going out of style an opportunity to be a spokesperson for orchestras worldwide would be a huge honor, one that I would regard with the utmost respect and strive to be the best face possible for the musical community. Everything helps, no matter how small the donation I promise every penny will be used to its fullest potential. My parents have also told me they are willing to match the amount of money I raise, so I would love your help in reaching my goal as I can't stand the thought of having to pass up this opportunity of a lifetime!
Thank you to everyone who will be helping me on this journey! Your support means literally the world to me as I couldn't be doing this without the support of others!
Sincerely and with utmost thanks,
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