Help Katie Sing in Austria!

Hello! My name is Katie, and I am a graduating senior at Sarah Lawrence College getting ready to pursue a career as a professional classical singer. I've always had an immense love for performing and being onstage, and am so excited to step out and begin to make my mark on the musical world! 

I was recently given the opportunity to participate in the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) Opera Studio in Graz, Austria this summer. AIMS is the leading summer music program in Europe, and is designed to prepare singers for their professional careers not only in Europe, but all over the world. As a participant in the AIMS Opera Studio, I will have the opportunity to receive intensive world class training from some of the top musicians in the EU and US, participate in master classes with acclaimed international opera singers, and perform some of the most celebrated music in the operatic repertoire in concert with a full orchestra-- all in the beautiful city of Graz. 

Sounds like a dream, right? It is! But here's the catch: it's not cheap! The tuition for AIMS is a grand total of $6,695 (US dollars), not including airfare or personal expenses. I was awarded a $1000 scholarship and a $250 work study grant by the program, which brings my total down to $5,445, but it's still not an easy sum of money for a college student come up with. That's where you come in! If you love the arts in all their forms and want to help support an emerging, enthusiastic young artist, please consider donating to help me begin my career in Europe. 

My tuition is due on May 15th, 2015, so I will be accepting donations for my tuition up until then. Any and all donations made after this time will go towards airfaire and personal expenses during my time in Austria.

It's not necessary on GoFundMe to provide rewards for donations, but I would like to offer a few things anyway in order to thank my potential donors. One of my other passions in life is cooking and baking, and I thought it would be a good idea to show my gratitude through yummy vegan treats! These rewards are completely optional, but if you would like to receive something please specify with your donation. 

The Rewards!
$10 (or more)- two 8 oz jars of homemade vegan kimchi 
$25 (or more) - 24 homemade vegan Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies 
$50 (or more) - a custom homemade 9" vegan layer cake or a dozen vegan cupcakes 
$100 (or more)- 24 homemade vegan Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies and either a custom 9" vegan layer cake or a dozen vegan cupcakes
$500 (or more)- a home-cooked gourmet vegan dinner for you and two friends (must live in NY or NJ to redeem)

If you choose to recieve a reward for your donation, they will be available throughout the month of June. I will contact you with more info! 

Please help this me fund this extraordinary opportunity to study opera in Europe! Any contribution, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much!

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Katie Lee 
Bronxville, NY
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