Nikolas is 16 years old and lives in Cyprus. He has studied Bassoon for 7 years. His dream is to study Music performance in the USA and He is starting the first steps to fulfill his dream, that is why He applied to the prestigious Interlochen Summer Music Camp in Michigan
Out of thousands of applications and after a virtual audition, he was accepted into the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony with Scholarship. (https://camp.interlochen.org/program/music/hs/orchestra-wind-symphony ). The cost for this 3-week program is $6250 (CAD 7723). After receiving 2 separate scholarships from Interlochen, He still needs to raise $2750 (CAD 3400) to cover the full tuition and is due on 14th of May. Unfortunately, Nikolas has many other costs such as the airplane fares that are very expensive since he will travel from Europe, medical insurance, and other related cost of the camp. In addition, due to COVID, He will need to pay extra costs associated with the COVID restrictions (PCR test in USA, living expenses while quarantining). With these costs in mind, we are asking for your support through this GoFundMe page. Your generous donation will help Nikolas to assist this challenging performing arts school and help him to improve his Bassoon performance and step forward in his musical career.
The WYSO is the most advanced high school summer orchestra experience available in the USA. Alumni of WYSO has attended every major university school of music and conservatory and currently enjoy careers as professional musicians around the globe. We hope Nikolas carries on that tradition and major in music performance. We believe that Interlochen will prepare him for success in college and his professional career.
Throughout the past 7 years, He has been involved in a number of different ensembles. He is a member of The Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band of the European University of Cyprus and He is currently studying in Pancyprian Gymnasium Music School. He has performed side by side with other orchestras like the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and Exemplary Orchestra of the National Guard of the Russian Federation. He has also finished the ABRSM grades 8th in Bassoon and Piano Performance. He is determined to continue playing bassoon in college and Interlochen will provide him with even more opportunity for growth.
You can watch Nikolas in different concerts on his Youtube channel
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- Christiana Solomonidou
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