Posted on 06-12-12


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 online at 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

Nathan ArmstrongGermantown, Tenn.Engineering for Audio & Video
Katy BishopJonesboro, Ark.Songwriting
Edward BowenWinnetka, Ill.Drums
Riley BriaLancaster, Pa.Guitar
Shaquille BrownLansing, Mich.Engineering for Audio & Video
Chris BurrusNashvilleVocal
Kristen CastroSimi Valley, Calif.Songwriting
Elizabeth CohenLos AngelesMarketing & Management
Tim CooperWinston Salem, N.C.Vocal
Jessica CoppensRoseville, Mich.Engineering for Audio & Video
Tommy CulleyPegram, Tenn.Keyboard
Connor DeanChatham, N.J.Marketing & Management
Stephen FreemanGoose Creek, S.C.Electronic Music Production
Ford GarrardNashville, Tenn.Bass
Katie GoetzLa Cañada Flintridge, Calif.Marketing & Management
Caitlin HarrifordColumbia, S.C.Marketing & Management
Noah JessupWyckoff, N.J.Songwriting
Jason LorenzonSpotswood, N.Y.Engineering for Audio & Video
Terrance NunnHermitage, Tenn.Engineering for Audio & Video
Pavlina OstaPort Orange, Fla.Music Journalism
Matt PlourdeBenson, N.C.Guitar
Victoria PritchardSpring Lake Heights, N.J.Songwriting
Jack RicoEl Dorado Hills, Calif.Electronic Music Production
Jahmori SimmonsDouglasville, Ga.Electronic Music Production
Marissa SmithParkland, Fla.Songwriting
Alaina StaceyChicagoSongwriting
Larry StarksFarmington, Conn.Electronic Music Production
Alexandra SternAlbuquerque, N.M.Vocal
Alicia WassonStanton, Ky.Marketing & Management
Will WhitakerScottsdale, Ariz.Marketing & Management
Justin WhitmerSarasota, Fla.Songwriting
John WilsonDeland, Fla.Drums
Melanie ZdanowiczCrown Point, Ind.Vocal

GRAMMY Foundation Selects Students for Eighth Annual GRAMMY Camp

2012 GRAMMY Camp New York Selectees and Track

Naji AliBaldwin, N.Y.Electronic Music Production
Michael ArromWarren, N.J.Keyboard
Asia BensonMunster, Ind.Flute
Jake BlumbergLinwood, N.J.Guitar
Harun BonnettBrooklyn, N.Y.Drums
Kevin BurkeGarden City, N.Y.Engineering for Audio & Video
Colin CallahanMonroe, Wis.Electronic Music Production
Meghan CampbellColumbus, OhioSongwriting
Cameron CapersStone Mountain, Ga.Electronic Music Production
Ryan CaseyGlen Allen, Va.Guitar
Carmin ChappellBowie, Md.Marketing & Management
Ashley CharlesNewark, N.J.Songwriting
Adam DishianOakland, N.J.Marketing & Management
Makenna ErdmanSherwood, Wis.Marketing & Management
Caroline GlattlyPotomac, Md.Vocal
Nathan GottHendersonville, Tenn.Songwriting
Aubrey HarrisExeter, N.H.Bass
Emilee HolgateNorth Logan, UtahSongwriting
Shelby LockCharlottesville, Va.Engineering for Audio & Video
Kaya LynchLos AngelesVocal
Matthew MurrayHagerstown, Md.Marketing & Management
Maxwell MusickTulsa, Okla.Songwriting
Autumn MyersHowell, N.J.Marketing & Management
Adam NovodorCalabasas, Calif.Electronic Music Production
Christopher ReganGarden City, N.Y.Engineering for Audio & Video
Lani Renaldo-McCrayRedondo Beach, Calif.Songwriting
Travis RossRaleigh, N.C.Electronic Music Production
Teresa SapichinoParlin, N.J.Engineering for Audio & Video
Alex SeibelPurchase, N.Y.Marketing & Management
Miles ShannonLos AngelesSaxophone
Isaiah WeatherspoonJeffersonville, 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 a performance track for bass, 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 held at 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 AlbaughWest Des Moines, IowaDrums
Michael ArmstrongSan DiegoTrombone
Nathan ArmstrongGermantown, Tenn.Concert Production
Kayode Badmus-WellingtonValencia, Calif.Electronic Music Production
Hudson BarineauHoustonGuitar
Cory BatchlerEncino, Calif.Bass

GRAMMY Foundation Selects Students for Eighth Annual GRAMMY Camp

2012 GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles Selectees And Tracks

Brandon BowserHighland Springs, Va.Saxophone
Luca BozzoBrooklyn, N.Y.Engineering for Audio & Video
Treyvon BrownSan FranciscoSaxophone
Ashley BryantNewnan, Ga.Keyboard
Patrick BucknorLos AngelesElectronic Music Production
Madi CastoOtis Orchards, Wash.Concert Production
Christopher CobbsAmerican Canyon, Calif.Vocal
Haydn ConeNewnan, Ga.Songwriting
Dan CooperNorthampton, Mass.Electronic Music Production
Hayley CorbettFlorham Park, N.J.Concert Production
Hayden DayCanoga Park, Calif.Drums
Connor DeanChatham, N.J.Concert Production
Emma DePuySan DiegoSongwriting
Jack DePuySan DiegoBass
Mark DiazSan Fernando, Calif.Bass
Ellie DubinBeverly Hills, Calif.Concert Production
Jessica FarrenNashville.Songwriting
Christopher FreedmanSherman Oaks, Calif.Music Journalism
Tyné FreemanColumbia, S.C.Songwriting
Christian FreireNewport Beach, Calif.Electronic Music Production
Owen GeikenDes Moines, IowaGuitar
Wyatt GiampaPortola Valley, Calif.Electronic Music Production
Nathan GottHendersonville, Tenn.Songwriting
Carson GrahamOrange Park, Fla.Electronic Music Production
Tanner GrandstaffIrvine, Calif.Electronic Music Production
Jennifer HaackSherman Oaks, Calif.Guitar
Julie HanseHighland Park, Ill.Songwriting
Kimberly HaraLong Beach, Calif.Music Journalism
Michael JacksonMarianna, Ark.Engineering for Audio & Video
Noah JessupWyckoff, N.J.Songwriting
Harrison JonesBirmingham, Ala.Drums
Joe KaufmanPasadena, Calif.Guitar
Kiya LaceyNashvilleVocal
Charles LaughlinNorthbrook, Ill.Guitar
Devon LawrenceMill Valley, Calif.Songwriting
Jenny LiMonterey Park, Calif.Concert Production
Shelby LockCharlottesville, Va.Engineering for Audio & Video
Sam LoPiccoloFoster, R.I.Electronic Music Production
Danielle LoweLos AngelesMusic Journalism
Phillip LuceroRedlands, Calif.Songwriting
Angelica MataLos AngelesSongwriting
Kim MillerUnion, N.J.Keyboard
Brodie MillsMather, Calif.Guitar
Jacory MorenoAvondale, Ariz.Vocal
Zani NoblesAtlantaMusic Journalism
Trevor PlumeMurrieta, Calif.Keyboard
Isabella PorterLos AngelesVocal
Nicole PowellCulver City, Calif.Music Journalism
Keri PratherPasadena, Calif.Songwriting
Layne PutnamRapid City, S.D.Songwriting
Evan ReesTucson, Ariz.Keyboard
Heather RivasLos AngelesElectronic Music Production
Addam RodriguezLa Puente, Calif.Engineering for Audio & Video
Harrison SayedSan Mateo, Calif.Drums
Drew SchwendimanSummit, N.J.Music Journalism
Rachael ShapiroBexley, OhioConcert Production
Austin ShawNorth Hollywood, Calif.Keyboard
Emma SimpsonSacramento, Calif.Bass
Robert SmithWinterville, N.C.Engineering for Audio & Video
Allison SpiceTrabuco Canyon, Calif.Music Journalism
Alexa SpielerEast Meadow, N.Y.Music Journalism
Andrew StogelSt. Louis, Mo.Songwriting
Ben SullivanChicagoElectronic Music Production
Justin SyasLos AngelesKeyboard
Tyler TalmadgeAlbuquerque, N.M.Electronic Music Production
Larenz TolsonStudio City, Calif.Engineering for Audio & Video
Taylor WashingtonDuarte, Calif.Vocal
David WatanabeAcworth, Ga.Engineering for Audio & Video
Jasmine WatkinsValencia, Calif.Vocal
Jamal WilliamsOberlin, OhioElectronic Music Production
Matthew WongPrinceton 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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David R. Sears/GRAMMY Foundation/310.392.3777/

Media Contacts:
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