International Music Festival in Italy!

Bassoon is my specialty and my instrument Herkamir and I have the chance of a lifetime! I\'ve been accepted into the Interharmony International Music Festival ( ) this summer in Arcidosso, Italy. This is an amazing opportunity. While I have been blessed with several travel adventures in my young life and over 18 years of music study (including a BA), I have never been able to bless another country with my love of music. I have also never been to Europe! I will spend two weeks in Italy studying and performing with some of the best musicians in the world. Don\'t believe me? Try this video of Mendelssohn\'s Symphony #4 from the festival summer of 2010 (

Unfortunately, I\'m having trouble earning the money I need to go. On top of a full graduate course load for Special Education, participation in two university music groups, and directing 3 handbell choirs at my church (for free), I have 3 part-time jobs but the money is just not adding up fast enough, especially with gas over $4.30 a gallon in CA. In a little over 2 months, I have managed to save about $800. The tuition for the festival is $2,550 and on top of that, I need $1,500 for a plane ticket from LAX to Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport and back. I have covered the down-payment for the festival, but the rest of the tuition is due at the end of March and the quicker I can buy a plane ticket, the cheaper it will be (July is a popular month for travel to Italy).

I am asking my friends, family and all those with a passion for music education to help me in this experience of a lifetime. 83 people giving $50 each or 166 people giving $25 each gets me to Italy. Small amounts add up! May God bless everyone, and no matter what you can or cannot give, prayers are much appreciated!

  • Jay Wilson 
    • $375 (Offline)
    • 111 mos
  • Melissa Couser 
    • $25 
    • 111 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $650 (Offline)
    • 112 mos
  • Airika Missladybug 
    • $10 
    • 112 mos
  • Valerie and Mark Findahl 
    • $50 
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