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Young musicians get chance to perform with pros

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At the July 3rd concert with conductor Dawn Harms and the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra Side by Side students: Rebekah Shuholm (trumpet) and Elliot Kramer (trombone) stand to the right. The students were among six who had a chance to perform alongside professional musicians.
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During the Music in the Mountains SummerFest, some of the nonprofit’s young musicians had an opportunity to work with the orchestra’s professionals in a unique experience dubbed Side by Side.

“Sitting side by side with professional orchestra musicians rehearsing and performing some of the world’s greatest music is absolutely amazing,” said 16-year-old trumpet player Rebekah Shuholm.

Music in the Mountains’ Side By Side program included six talented Nevada County young musicians during the June 11-July 3 Summerfest: Braeden Ames, flute; Robin Daly, clarinet; Elliot Kramer, trombone; Brandon Stubbs and Rebekah Shuholm, trumpets; and Nick Walden, tuba.

MIM has offered this educational program to young musicians for five years.

“Side By Side is a powerful opportunity for students, not only rubbing elbows with high-caliber professional musicians but this summer, working under four different conductors, as well. After the festival, their eyes are as big as saucers and they can’t wait to do it again next year,” said Mark Vance, MIM’s Education Coordinator.

“I have been playing trumpet for nearly seven years, and study privately with Glenn Smith. I went to Lyman Gilmore Middle School as a student of band director John Frantz and am now attending Nevada Union High School.

The MIM orchestra members were very gracious in receiving me for which I cannot thank them enough,” Shuholm said.

“I was instantaneously amazed at the level of professional talent present, and also the difficulty I had playing the music, especially as a seventh/eighth grader. Now, as an incoming high school junior, Side By Side offers me the opportunity to gather invaluable advice on trumpet playing that I can apply to my daily practices.

“Each trumpet player in the section has individually spent time with me to help me develop essential skills to playing.”

MIM’s new artistic advisor agrees.

“It’s a great program, these students will soon be the next professionals,” said Pete Nowlen.

For more about MIM or their youth programming, visit http://musicinthe mountains.org/.

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