Conservatory Students Pursuing Their Passion

Berklee Music Performance Intensive, Interlochen Arts Camp and Jacobs School of Music Summer - Piano Academy at the Indiana University Bloomington are three summer programs that students in our Music and Theatre Conservatory programs have earned invitations to attend. Aiden Bjortvedt, Kaylin Gines and Frank Guo are making the time to continue honing their craft this summer by attending intensive, prestigious programs.
 
Aiden was accepted into the Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. The program provides one-on-one instruction in an immersive program designed to help artists learn how to sing in a choir, develop improvisational and reading skills, and more with the goal of enhancing the playing or singing performance skills of students. Aiden has performed in numerous productions at MVA as well as the Garden Theater in Winter Garden. As a singer, he has qualified three times for State Choir and the 2018 All Nationals Choir. He has been playing the piano for more than 11 years.
 
Kaylin Gines will be attending the Interlochen Center for the Arts High School Musical Theater Workshop for three weeks this summer to pursue her love of performing. She has appeared in two MVA productions, most recently earning an Applause Award nomination as a Lead Performer for her role in “Into the Woods.” She has been performing since 2014 and has earned a Critics Choice award for her musical theater solo at the Florida Junior Thespians District 8 competition in 2017 as well as served as a contestant on the PBS Celebration of Music Talent Search show. Kaylin sings, dances and acts, plays the piano and ukulele, and enjoys swimming and diving.
 
Frank Guo has been accepted into the Jacobs School of Music Piano Academy on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. The premier three-week intensive provides private lessons, group classes with guest lecturers and outstanding faculty, ensemble music study, master classes, theory and technique, and Feldenkrais movement instruction, performances, and more, all aimed at taking a student’s skills to the next level and fostering a deep love of musical art. Frank has been involved in the piano program since he came to MVA in 2014 and has been a piano major in the Music Conservatory since its inaugural year. He has won top honors at the District and State level annually, performed for a national audience at the 2017 MTNA National Conference, and earned second place in the 2018 Florida Keys International Competition at Carnegie Hall. He has previously attended Interlochen Arts Camp and is excited to further pursue piano at IU.
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