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Local young artist to attend renowned arts camp

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Courtney Klapp, 17, of Argyle has been accepted and will attend Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3 through 12.  Klapp, the daughter of Amy Radford and Jeff Klapp, will study flute performance in the Wind Ensemble at the Camp. In 2010, the Camp will mark its 83rd season at the forefront of arts education.

Courtney’s experience as a member of the Argyle High School Wind Ensemble under Director Kathy Johnson has encouraged and prepared her for this incredible opportunity. Courtney, a junior, has been a member of the Allstate band for the past two years and a part of the state champion marching band in 2008. 

Interlochen Arts Camp attracts students, faculty and staff from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries. These 3,000 artists fill Interlochen’s northwoods campus with an explosion of creativity. Student-artists learn from world-class instructors and produce hundreds of presentations each summer in dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts, music and film.

Among the distinguished Camp alumni are Norah Jones, singer Josh Groban, opera and concert soprano Jessye Norman, conductor Loren Maazel, jazz pianist Eldar, actor Anthony Rapp, cartoonist Cathy Guisewite and many more. Approximately ten percent of the nation’s professional orchestra musicians have roots at Interlochen and the alumni community has been honored with 90 Grammy Awards.

In addition to hundreds of performances, presentations and readings by young artists, Interlochen brings leading artists and performers to the northern Michigan campus. In recent years, guest artists have included Joshua Bell, Olga Kern, Bob Dylan, Van Cliburn, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Guster, Lyle Lovett, Trace Adkins, Branford Marsalis, the Moody Blues and many more.  

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