GRAMMY Foundation Announces 2013 GRAMMY Camp Selectees



Unique Summer Program Brings Together Youth

With Outstanding Artists And Music Industry Professionals

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 25, 2013) — The GRAMMY Foundation® ( announced today that 99 talented high school students from 87 U.S. cities and 27 U.S. states have been selected as participants in the ninth annual GRAMMY Camp® program. In addition, through a partnership with GUCCI, four international students from Japan and England will attend GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles, bringing the total number of students to 103 this year. The Foundation's signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students will be held in Los Angeles from July 13–22 at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and in New York from Aug. 4–12 at Converse Rubber Tracks. This GRAMMY in the Schools® program is supported in part by Converse.

"When we started this GRAMMY in the Schools® program nine years ago, we had very high hopes and aspirations for GRAMMY Camp " said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "And I can truly say we've met our goals to offer young people a hands-on experience that delivers a sense of what it's like to have an actual career in the music industry. Teens spend their time at GRAMMY Camp working with GRAMMY®-winning artists and industry professionals gaining knowledge and sharpening their skills, so they will be ready to take the next steps in their careers."

Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2014 are currently online at and the deadline is March 31, 2014. Financial aid is available and approximately 70 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance.

"Almost every artist and music professional who we bring to GRAMMY Camp comes away saying two things — 'These kids are so talented' and 'I wish I'd had this kind of experience when I was young,'" said Kristen Madsen, Sr. Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation. "This underscores the collaborative and immersive nature of GRAMMY Camp, and the fact that the experience produces lasting effects and positive influences for the campers who participate each summer."

 GRAMMY Camp L.A.: July 13–22

The program offers selected high school students an interactive 10-day residential summer music experience. Focusing on all aspects of commercial music, this unique opportunity provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. The program offers six music career tracks: Engineering for Audio & Video; Electronic Music Production; Multimedia; Music Business; Songwriting; and a performance track for bass, drums, guitar, keyboard, vocal, and winds & strings. All tracks culminate in media projects, CD recordings and/or performances. GRAMMY Camp L.A. will be held at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and other professional venues throughout Los Angeles.

2013 GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles Selectees and Tracks

Zoe AdlerLong Beach, Calif.Multimedia
Kelsey AlexanderOrange Beach, Ala.Music Business
Wes AndersonOneida, Ill.Bass
Houston Averiett IIMissouri City, TexasAudio Engineering
Hudson BarineauHoustonGuitar 
Kellcee BatchelorTarboro, N.C.Music Business
Colby BensonMililani, HawaiiSongwriting
Harun BonnettBrooklyn, N.Y.Drums
Haleigh BowersChino Hills, Calif.Songwriting
Conner BroomeHendersonville, Tenn.Keys
Rachel BrothersPalos Verdes Estates, Calif.Songwriting
Patrick BucknorLos AngelesElectronic Music Prod.
Isaiah CarterLee's Summit, Mo.Drums
Ryan CaseyGlen Allen, Va.Guitar
Ben CohenColumbia, Md.Electronic Music Prod.
Elizabeth CohenLos AngelesMusic Business
Zoe ConchaBeverly Hills, Calif.Vocal
Carter CouronSan DiegoDrums
Cael DadianPoway, Calif.Vocal
Daniel DavilaEncino, Calif.Music Business
Mark DiazSan Fernando, Calif.Bass
Shelby DibsHoward Beach, N.Y.Music Business
Isaac DuribeLondon, EnglandElectronic Music Prod.
Sabrina ElamBaltimoreSongwriting
Hayley EmersonBeverly Hills, Calif.Multimedia
Brendan EprileBennington, Vt.Vocal
Jacob FeldmanTarzana, Calif.Electronic Music Prod.
Jennifer FirestoneChesterfield, Mo.Music Business
Sophia ForinoCorona del Mar, Calif.Music Business
Dane FosterLos AngelesMultimedia
Yasamin GhodsbinNewport Beach, Calif.Audio Engineering
Wyatt GiampaPortola Valley, Calif.Audio Engineering
Zach GospeLos Altos, Calif.Songwriting
Alecia GreeneAtlantaMultimedia
Rita GuzmanDecorah, IowaMusic Business
Raina HendersonCloster, N.J.Electronic Music Prod.
Seth IrbySan DiegoBass
Nasya JeffersOwings Mills, Md.Vocal
Noah KovalickNewbury Park, Calif.Audio Engineering
Mikey LaSusaEagan, Minn.Guitar
Devon LawrenceMill Valley, Calif.Songwriting
Anh LeMadison, Wis.Songwriting
David LiChandler, Ariz.Keys
Danielle LoweLos AngelesMultimedia
Wyatt LoweSan Marcos, Calif.Guitar
Kennedi LykkenSpicer, Minn.Songwriting
Graham MarshHoustonAudio Engineering
Jacob McCoyNashvilleAudio Engineering
Jonathan McCoyWyncote, Pa.Electronic Music Prod.
Evan MehtaBurbank, Calif.Keys
Christine MeisenhelterAberdeen, N.J.Bass
Devan MonroePearland, TexasDrums
Autumn MyersHowell, N.J.Music Business
Takumi NakayamaShizuoka, Japan Winds/Strings/Horns
Tanya OrlovRedondo Beach, Calif.Audio Engineering
Pavlina OstaPort Orange, Fla.Multimedia
Quinn OultonLondon, EnglandWinds/Strings/Horns
Ross PhillipsIndianapolis, Ind.Electronic Music Prod.
Jason SaittaChantilly, Va.Songwriting
Tafari SalaamBeaufort, S.C.Winds/Strings/Horns
Dorian Sanders Maryland Heights, Mo.Guitar
Ryota SasaguriKagawa, Japan Winds/Strings/Horns
Julian ScanlanMount Laurel, N.J.Electronic Music Prod.
Drew SchwendimanSummit, N.J.Multimedia
Jahmori SimmonsDouglasville, Ga.Electronic Music Prod.
Aaron SpieldennerNormandy Park, Wash.Audio Engineering
Dominic SpitaliereHuntersville, N.C.Electronic Music Prod.
Tyler TalmadgeAlbuquerque, N.M.Electronic Music Prod.
Chloe TangPhoenixSongwriting
Camille ThorntonGreat Falls, Va.Songwriting
Lilliana Villines Van Nuys, Calif.Songwriting
Chase WalkerRiverside, Calif.Guitar
Marcus WannerNashvilleGuitar
Maxwell YiHoustonElectronic Music Prod.

GRAMMY Camp N.Y.: Aug. 4–12, 2013

GRAMMY Camp N.Y. is a nine-day residential program for high school students that offer campers the opportunity to work in integrated industry teams. This real-world, hands-on environment will involve an in-depth look at the entire creative process from the first spark of original material through the promotion of a finished product, and will culminate in a launch party. GRAMMY Camp N.Y. will be hosted by Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, N.Y.

2013 GRAMMY Camp New York Selectees and Tracks

Niki BottoniAllentown, Pa.Electronic Music Prod. 
Cody BradySea Cliff, N.Y.Bass
Brooks Brown Leawood, Kan.Electronic Music Prod. 
Michael CappellutiMarlboro, N.J.Keys
Mackin CarrollHuntington Beach, Calif.Songwriting
Lauren CraigChicagoMultimedia
Daniel DavilaEncino, CalifVocal
Isabella EnglertValley Cottage, N.Y.Songwriting
Michael ErvinRock Hill, S.C.Drums
Amelia EversoleFolsom, Calif.Multimedia
Adam GouldFarmington Hills, Mich.Audio Engineering
Jadha GunawanSugar Land, TexasMultimedia
Abby KanferPalm Beach Gardens, Fla.Multimedia
Samuel KoryckiKalamazoo, Mich.Guitar
Logan LawrenceArlington, TexasElectronic Music Prod. 
Michael MapleAshland, Wis.Electronic Music Prod. 
Reath NeilsonPasadena, Calif.Songwriting
Whitney NixonCorona, Calif.Audio Engineering
Angelica PollardSan Ramon, Calif.Multimedia
Victoria PritchardSpring Lake Heights, N.J.Songwriting
Valentina RicoFort LauderdaleSongwriting
Hanani TaylorColumbus, OhioVocal
Ben ThomasPhiladelphiaAudio Engineering
Samantha VickSeattleMultimedia
Kyle WardRumson, N.J.Guitar
Isaiah WeatherspoonJeffersonville, Pa.Drums
Emily WeeksAtlantaSongwriting
Bobby WoodyBaltimoreAudio Engineering
T.J. WootenTarboro, N.C. Electronic Music Prod.




The GRAMMY Foundation® was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy®, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students’ musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present our first Music Educator Award. Open to current U.S. music teachers in K through college, the Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2014. For more information about our music education programs, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools®" on Facebook at, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter @GRAMMYFdn at and join us on Instagram @GRAMMYFdn. 


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