Zora's Blue Lake International Trip

$4,410 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 65 people in 1 month
Created August 23, 2018
Hello, my name is Zora Alfredson and I'm a freshman at East Lansing High School in East Lansing, Michigan. In 6th grade I joined band for the first time on French horn and quickly grew to love the instrument and band itself. I've made many great accomplishments with my music over the past few years including making 5th chair in Michigan's Middle School All State Band and receiving an invitation to play in Michigan State University's Spartan Youth Wind Symphony for the 2018-19 school year. I am in the ELHS Marching Band on mellophone and their Symphonic Band on French horn.

My interest in music, along with encouragement from my parents, led me to decide to attend Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. I have been a camper for three summers playing in their Concert and Symphonic bands. Blue Lake offered me an opportunity to join the Southern Winds International Exchange Program for Summer 2019. The trip will take 80 band students to France, Spain and Germany over the course of 4 weeks. The Southern Winds participate in the Blue Lake in France Program where they are joined by about 30 French student musicians for a 5 day residency. We will stay with host families along the way and perform in concert halls and cathedrals. I'm very excited to be participating in the experience of a lifetime. 

In order to make this tour possible for me I am asking for community support to fund this amazing opportunity. 

How does the cost break down? First, I will spend one week at Blue Lake for intensive rehearsals to prepare for the tour. After that, the bulk of the expenses go to international plane travel, food, lodging, ground transportation, and uniforms. 

It's safe to say it's an expensive trip. My parents and I have come up with a few ways to off-set the costs, but ultimately this Go Fund Me campaign is my best means to reach all of you around the world.  I will be so grateful for any donation, big or small, that would help me achieve my goals and further my musical education.

Please share the link with your friends and music lovers! The more views the better. 

I will be updating this page frequently with photos and even a video I'm making with my dad.  And for every person who donates to my adventure will receive a personal thank you note in the U.S. mail. Just make sure I have your address. 

Check out #zorabluelakeinternational2019 on your Instagram feed and I know my parents will keep it going on Facebook.  

Thank you! - Zora
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The support is overwhelming! We are currently at $4410 with additional funds pledged. A huge thanks to our most recent donors: Teresa, Steve, Tim, Sam & Vishinski, Dave, Ian & Brooke, Molly (again!) and a private donor. Beatrix and Joe have each purchased one of my paintings. All funds raised go towards the campaign.

Don't forget for all the locals, we have a music event planned on November 20th (the Tuesday before Thanksgiving) held at Moriarty's Pub in Lansing. Music starts at 7 but get their early for a table. Jim will be playing with organissimo and I'm sure other local musicians will want to sit in. Entrance is free, donations encouraged.
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Zora in East Lansing High School Marching Band. Besides playing the French horn in symphonic band, she plays the mellophone in marching band and the trumpet in jazz band.
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Our GoFundMe and raised nearly $3000 in two weeks. The campaign has been viewed over 1000x. It's been shared 272x. We seriously could make our goal in another 2 weeks. $5-10 a person on my friend list will get us there. The picture is from 8 years ago. Zora's always been a creative kid!
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$4,410 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 65 people in 1 month
Created August 23, 2018
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