GRAMMY Foundation Selects 136 U.S. High School Students For GRAMMY Camp in Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York




Unique Summer Program Brings Together Youth

With Outstanding Artists And Music Industry Professionals


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 12, 2012) — The GRAMMY Foundation®  ( announced today that 136 talented high school students from 116 cities and 32 states have been selected as participants in the eighth annual GRAMMY Camp® program. The Foundation's signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students will be held in Nashville from June 17–24 at Black River Entertainment; in Los Angeles from July 14–23 at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music; and in New York from Aug. 6–13 at Converse Rubber Tracks. This GRAMMY in the Schools® program is supported in part by Best Buy, Black River Entertainment, Converse, and Guitar Center.


"We are excited to bring GRAMMY Camp to three dynamic music markets this summer, and provide this valuable experience to the next generation of music makers," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "GRAMMY Camp is one of our most immersive programs in terms of exposing young people to what it's like to have an actual working career in the music business, and the opportunity to receive instruction directly from GRAMMY®-winning artists and industry professionals instills knowledge, confidence and lasting lessons in students."


Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2013 are currently onlineat and the deadline is March 31, 2013. Financial aid is available and approximately 75 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance.


"When you combine the energy and passion of high school students with the creative guidance of music professionals, a little bit of magic always happens," said Kristen Madsen, Sr. Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation. "The end product is lots of remarkable new music, strong new relationships, and tremendous growth in every student."


GRAMMY Camp Nashville: June 17–24

GRAMMY Camp N.Y.: Aug. 6–13

GRAMMY Camp Nashville and GRAMMY Camp N.Y. are eight-day residential programs 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 Nashville will be held at Black River Entertainment located on Nashville's legendary Music Row and GRAMMY Camp N.Y. will be hosted by Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, N.Y.


2012 GRAMMY Camp Nashville Selectees and Tracks

NathanArmstrong                    Germantown, Tenn.                 Engineering for Audio & Video

Katy Bishop                             Jonesboro, Ark.                                   Songwriting

Edward Bowen                                    Winnetka, Ill.                           Drums

Riley Bria                                Lancaster, Pa.                          Guitar

Shaquille Brown                      Lansing, Mich.                        Engineering for Audio & Video

Chris Burrus                            Nashville                                 Vocal

Kristen Castro                          Simi Valley, Calif.                   Songwriting

Elizabeth Cohen                      Los Angeles                             Marketing & Management

Tim Cooper                             Winston Salem, N.C.               Vocal

Jessica Coppens                                   Roseville, Mich.                       Engineering for Audio & Video

Tommy Culley                         Pegram, Tenn.                          Keyboard

Connor Dean                           Chatham, N.J.                          Marketing & Management

Stephen Freeman                     Goose Creek, S.C.                   Electronic Music Production

Ford Garrard                            Nashville, Tenn.                      Bass

Katie Goetz                              La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.     Marketing & Management

Caitlin Harriford                      Columbia, S.C.                                    Marketing & Management

Noah Jessup                            Wyckoff, N.J.                          Songwriting

Jason Lorenzon                                   Spotswood, N.J.                       Engineering for Audio & Video

Terrance Nunn                         Hermitage, Tenn.                     Engineering for Audio & Video

PavlinaOsta                             Port Orange, Fla.                      Music Journalism

Matt Plourde                            Benson, N.C.                           Guitar

Victoria Pritchard                     Spring Lake Heights, N.J.        Songwriting

Jack Rico                                 El Dorado Hills, Calif.             Electronic Music Production

Jahmori Simmons                    Douglasville, Ga.                     Electronic Music Production

Marissa Smith                          Parkland, Fla.                           Songwriting

Alaina Stacey                           Chicago                                   Songwriting

Larry Starks                             Farmington, Conn.                   Electronic Music Production

Alexandra Stern                                   Albuquerque, N.M.                  Vocal

Alicia Wasson                          Stanton, Ky.                             Marketing & Management

Will Whitaker                          Scottsdale, Ariz.                       Marketing & Management

Justin Whitmer                         Sarasota, Fla.                           Songwriting

John Wilson                             Deland, Fla.                             Drums

Melanie Zdanowicz                 Crown Point, Ind.                    Vocal


2012 GRAMMY Camp New York Selectees and Tracks

Naji Ali                                                Baldwin, N.Y.                          Electronic Music Production

Michael Arrom                                    Warren, N.J.                            Keyboard

Asia Benson                            Munster, Ind.                           Flute

Jake Blumberg                         Linwood, N.J.                          Guitar

Harun Bonnett                         Brooklyn, N.Y.                                    Drums

Kevin Burke                            Garden City, N.Y.                    Engineering for Audio & Video

Colin Callahan                         Monroe, Wis.                           Electronic Music Production

Meghan Campbell                    Columbus, Ohio                      Songwriting

Cameron Capers                      Stone Mountain, Ga.                Electronic Music Production

Ryan Casey                             Glen Allen, Va.                                    Guitar

Carmin Chappell                      Bowie, Md.                              Marketing & Management

AshleyCharles                                    Newark, N.J.                            Songwriting

Adam Dishian                          Oakland, N.J.                           Marketing & Management

Makenna Erdman                    Sherwood, Wis.                                   Marketing & Management

Caroline Glattly                                   Potomac, Md.                          Vocal

NathanGott                             Hendersonville, Tenn.             Songwriting

Aubrey Harris                          Exeter, N.H.                             Bass

EmileeHolgate                                    North Logan, Utah                   Songwriting

ShelbyLock                            Charlottesville, Va.                  Engineering for Audio & Video

Kaya Lynch                             Los Angeles                             Vocal

Matthew Murray                      Hagerstown, Md.                     Marketing & Management

Maxwell Musick                      Tulsa, Okla.                             Songwriting

Autumn Myers                         Howell, N.J.                             Marketing & Management

Adam Novodor                                    Calabasas, Calif.                      Electronic Music Production

Christopher Regan                   Garden City, N.Y.                    Engineering for Audio & Video

Lani Renaldo-McCray            Redondo Beach, Calif.                        Songwriting

Travis Ross                              Raleigh, N.C.                           Electronic Music Production

Teresa Sapichino                     Parlin, N.J.                               Engineering for Audio & Video

Alex Seibel                              Purchase, N.Y.                         Marketing & Management

Miles Shannon                         Los Angeles                             Saxophone

Isaiah Weatherspoon               Jeffersonville, Pa.                    Drums


GRAMMY Camp L.A.: July 14–23

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;Concert Production; Electronic Music Production; Music Journalism; Songwriting;and aperformance track forbass, drums, guitar, keyboard, vocal,and winds & strings. All tracks culminate in media projects, CD recordings and/or showcase performances. GRAMMY Camp L.A. will be heldat the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and other professional venues throughout Los Angeles.


2012 GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles Selectees And Tracks

Ryan Albaugh                          West Des Moines, Iowa                       Drums

Michael Armstrong                  San Diego                                Trombone

NathanArmstrong                    Germantown, Tenn.                 Concert Production

Kayode Badmus-Wellington    Valencia, Calif.                                    Electronic Music Production

Hudson Barineau                     Houston                                   Guitar

Cory Batchler                          Encino, Calif.                          Bass


2012 GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles Selectees And Tracks

Brandon Bowser                      Highland Springs, Va.              Saxophone

Luca Bozzo                             Brooklyn, N.Y.                                    Engineering for Audio & Video

Treyvon Brown                                   San Francisco                          Saxophone

Ashley Bryant                          Newnan, Ga.                            Keyboard

Patrick Bucknor                                   Los Angeles                             Electronic Music Production

Madi Casto                              Otis Orchards, Wash.               Concert Production

Christopher Cobbs                   American Canyon, Calif.         Vocal

Haydn Cone                            Newnan, Ga.                            Songwriting

Dan Cooper                             Northampton, Mass.                Electronic Music Production

Hayley Corbett                                    Florham Park, N.J.                   Concert Production

Hayden Day                            Canoga Park, Calif.                  Drums

Connor Dean                           Chatham, N.J.                          Concert Production

Emma DePuy                           San Diego                                Songwriting

Jack DePuy                              San Diego                                Bass

Mark Diaz                                San Fernando, Calif.                Bass

Ellie Dubin                              Beverly Hills, Calif.                 Concert Production

Jessica Farren                          Nashville.                                Songwriting

Christopher Freedman             Sherman Oaks, Calif.               Music Journalism

Tyné Freeman                          Columbia, S.C.                                    Songwriting

Christian Freire                                    Newport Beach, Calif.             Electronic Music Production

Owen Geiken                           Des Moines, Iowa                    Guitar

Wyatt Giampa                          Portola Valley, Calif.               Electronic Music Production

NathanGott                             Hendersonville, Tenn.             Songwriting

Carson Graham                                    Orange Park, Fla.                     Electronic Music Production

Tanner Grandstaff                   Irvine, Calif.                            Electronic Music Production

Jennifer Haack                                    Sherman Oaks, Calif.               Guitar

Julie Hanse                              Highland Park, Ill.                    Songwriting

Kimberly Hara                        Long Beach, Calif.                   Music Journalism

Michael Jackson                      Marianna, Ark.                                    Engineering for Audio & Video

Noah Jessup                                        Wyckoff, N.J.                          Songwriting

Harrison Jones                         Birmingham, Ala.                    Drums

Joe Kaufman                           Pasadena, Calif.                                   Guitar

Kiya Lacey                              Nashville                                 Vocal

Charles Laughlin                      Northbrook, Ill.                                    Guitar

Devon Lawrence                     Mill Valley, Calif.                    Songwriting

Jenny Li                                   Monterey Park, Calif.              Concert Production

Shelby Lock                            Charlottesville, Va.                  Engineering for Audio & Video

Sam LoPiccolo                        Foster, R.I.                               Electronic Music Production

Danielle Lowe                         Los Angeles                             Music Journalism

Phillip Lucero                          Redlands, Calif.                                   Songwriting

Angelica Mata                          Los Angeles                             Songwriting

Kim Miller                               Union, N.J.                              Keyboard

Brodie Mills                             Mather, Calif.                          Guitar

Jacory Moreno                        Avondale, Ariz.                                   Vocal

Zani Nobles                             Atlanta                                    Music Journalism

Trevor Plume                           Murrieta, Calif.                                    Keyboard

Isabella Porter                          Los Angeles                             Vocal

Nicole Powell                          Culver City, Calif.                   Music Journalism

Keri Prather                             Pasadena, Calif.                                   Songwriting

Layne Putnam                          Rapid City, S.D.                       Songwriting



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2012 GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles Selectees And Tracks

Evan Rees                                Tucson, Ariz.                           Keyboard

Heather Rivas                          Los Angeles                             Electronic Music Production

AddamRodriguez                    La Puente, Calif.                      Engineering for Audio & Video

Harrison Sayed                                    San Mateo, Calif.                     Drums

Drew Schwendiman                 Summit, N.J.                            Music Journalism

Rachael Shapiro                       Bexley, Ohio                           Concert Production

Austin Shaw                            North Hollywood, Calif.          Keyboard

Emma Simpson                                    Sacramento, Calif.                   Bass

Robert Smith                            Winterville, N.C.                      Engineering for Audio & Video

AllisonSpice                           Trabuco Canyon, Calif.                       Music Journalism

Alexa Spieler                           East Meadow, N.Y.                  Music Journalism

Andrew Stogel                        St. Louis, Mo.                          Songwriting

Ben Sullivan                            Chicago                                   Electronic Music Production

Justin Syas                               Los Angeles                             Keyboard

Tyler Talmadge                                    Albuquerque, N.M.                  Electronic Music Production

Larenz Tolson                          Studio City, Calif.                    Engineering for Audio & Video

Taylor Washington                  Duarte, Calif.                           Vocal

David Watanabe                      Acworth, Ga.                           Engineering for Audio & Video

Jasmine Watkins                      Valencia, Calif.                                    Vocal

Jamal Williams                                    Oberlin, Ohio                           Electronic Music Production

Matthew Wong                                    Princeton Junction, N.J.                       Engineering for Audio & Video


The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. 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. Campbell's Labels For Education program is proud to be the official education partner of the GRAMMY in the Schools programs. For more information, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools" on Facebook at


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