Help Baset Study Music @Interlochen
$33,265 of $30,000 goal
Young Afghan Trumpeter AhmadBaset (“Baset”) Wants to Change Lives Through Music and Study in Peace
Once outlawed by the Taliban, and against the backdrop of regular terrorist activity and relative poverty, AhmadBaset Azizi’s study at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) has inspired him to serve others through music performance and education. I am one of several professional musicians worldwide excited about Baset, his progress, passion and goals. Join me in helping him use a generous scholarship to finish high school at Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy beginning fall of 2016.
The funds raised in this campaign will cover Baset's remaining tuition ($16K), school fees, supplies and travel. Surplus will be used judiciously to defray the costs of school break room/board/entertainment, and the balance will be reserved for his future educational needs.
Baset’s father encouraged his study at ANIM, which provides musically inclined students a comprehensive, free education in a co-ed setting. Baset began there in 2011 and quickly progressed on the trumpet until his private teacher left in 2014. An avid student, he has since made exceptional use of guest clinicians and online opportunities to advance his trumpet playing (outside of ANIM's activities, there are few opportunities to play or hear live music in Afghanistan). Baset has the personal & musical skills for a music career, but needs a setting like Interlochen to prepare for college auditions.
Baset’s father, a Ministry of Defense employee, supports his family of five & his oldest daughter’s college tuition on $4800 US annually. He will secure a loan as possible, but the balance is still out of reach for this family and Baset cannot work on his student visa.
~ Material donations you might consider include:
* United Airlines or American miles for travel back to Kabul and within the states during school breaks
* clothing gift cards (Target, LL Bean)
* Student version of Microsoft Office for Mac
With appreciation for your consideration and support,
Principal Trumpet, Philadelphia Orchestra
~The Azizi family
The campaign thanks DFW International Community Alliance for its assistance early in this campaign by processing initial large gifts.
The $2500 enrollment deposit was paid well before deadline and a US sponsor has been confirmed. Thanks to all who made these early goals possible!
Baset has been accepted to KU and is waiting to hear from the other schools. Raising funds to make college a reality is paramount: Leann Burger will be Baset's college sponsor, and invites you to support his higher education and keep in touch with his journey via her new campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/help-baset-attend-college.
About $3000 from this first initiative carries forward towards his college funding - a drop in the bucket but a good start. Your generosity has truly made a difference and any additional support you can lend is certainly appreciated. I will continue working with Baset as his mentor and friend. You have given us both much to be thankful for this year, both in your donations and your good wishes.
With deepest gratitude,
First of all, I would like to thank all of you; the more than 200 people who donated to help Baset make his dream of attending Interlochen a reality. The generosity that Baset received from such a wide-ranging group is a reaffirming statement about the goodness that exists in this world. Baset is without a doubt making the most of the opportunities that have come his way.
Interlochen has afforded Baset the chance to grow as a musician, learn about life in the US and form bonds with a wonderful community of students and mentors. He has been able to get a glimpse at how to achieve his potential, and his thirst for education and personal improvement has grown even greater.
Baset earned excellent grades in his first semester at Interlochen, which was no small accomplishment given the challenges inherent in his taking classes in English, placing on the honor roll with a 3.5+ GPA. He recently took his SAT and TOEFL tests, and is nearly finished with his college entrance auditions. From what I hear, he has been sharing some fine music making with the audition committees! In the next month or two, we will all have a better idea of what exciting possibilities he will have to look forward to as he continues his education at the college level.
I also want to thank the amazing Robin Korevaar for her role as the driving force behind this effort to help Baset with his journey. All along, she has been a beacon of light, providing focus, energy, know-how, and tireless energy toward making Baset’s dream come to life. Her intellect, down to earth way of communicating, and attention to every detail has been inspirational. Without her direction, none of this would have been possible.
Once again I want to offer my thanks to all of you for your generosity. I firmly believe that the only way make the world a better place is to change one life at a time. We have all had a role in doing that for Baset.
Not many students say "It'll be fun" about these performances, but Baset says and means it. I had the pleasure of accompanying him to SMU this weekend and was pleased to hear some of his playing and his thoughtfulness about preparation (including playing to your concept and thorough research on performance protocols for varying excerpts).
We will be closing this account soon to make way for a new sponsor and campaign. . About $3500 remains for his use going forward after auditions. David Bilger will share some of his thoughts shortly. We will both continue to support Baset and ask you to do the same. You have given him a very special opportunity and, from feedback I am hearing from Texas teachers who worked with him in August. he has made very good use of it.
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve this young man and our community along with him. Thank you, and please consider how you might continue to be part of his story going forward. You have been amazing!
We are so grateful to CBS for the story they aired on Baset, his journey and relationship with David Bilger. If you missed it, please visit this link to enjoy Steve Hartman's "On the road" segment. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/philadelphia-orchestra-trumpeter-helping-afghan-teen-build-his-chops/
You can enjoy Baset's concerts at Interlochen at http://live.interlochen.org/live_webcast_schedule.
The students alternate ensembles at Interlochen. This fall Baset has participated in the band - starting in November he will be playing in the orchestra.
Baset has completed his common application (for 3 colleges) and is nearly done with a fourth. We continue to be impressed by his ability to get things done! He should make his goal of submitting all by November 15th, and being able to focus full-time on TOEFL and audition preparation. Donations coming in are helping with TOEFL/SAT tutoring and audition travel - thank you!
We also appreciate Leann Burger and Dolly Martinson - their regular presence for meals and concerts, along with home baked cookies, is truly extending his family...
Robin and David ~