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Fiddlestix
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About two week's ago, I was in his shop and talking with the luthier "Mark Schwartz" I have recently found, when he informed me that he would be absent from his shop for a period of 8 week's, beginning in June till sometime in August. I asked him the reason, he said he goes to "Interlochen Center for Art's" every year to work. He repair's any and all stringed instrument's that may need repair.

For those who have never heard of "Interlochen", it's a small city located in northern Michigan, approx. 225 mi / 360 km northwest of Detroit, Michigan, USA. Beside's being a city, it has an art's camp / school.

Attendee's at "Interlochen" come from all fifty state's and more than forty countrie's. They can take course's in anything from, canvas art, pottery, musical instrument's to writing and film making.

Over the past 40 or 45 year's I have driven through Interlochen many time's and passed the main entrance alway's assuming it was strictly a violin camp/school until just last night when I decided to find out more, I was amazed at what I found out.

I can't begin to explain everything that goes on there so I've included two video's. The first one is it's history, the second is the 50th Anniversary of Interlochen.

Both video's take less than 30 minute's to watch.

I hope you enjoy them as I did.

 

Ken.

 

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I enjoyed them. > My daughter has been attending a performing arts school since 8th grade. She is now a junior and will be a senior next year. She simply loves it.

> Lincoln Park Performing Arts< in Pennsylvania. She is a dancer, singer, and in musical theater. I go to shows down there about once a month sometimes twice. All the students are so talented there. It is quite a place.

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This brings back some memories.  I did a summer program at Interlochen (in violin) when I was a kid.  What a fabulous opportunity that was!  Later on, my girlfriend in college taught there in the summers and I visited her up there.

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It's very expensive to attend. If I'm not mistaken, Mark (luthier) told me $ 6000.00 for seven week's in the summer. He also said there is an audition process, did you (soma5) have that then ?

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I think it was a lot less expensive back then (because my parents could afford it).  The application process depended on recommendations from my teachers.  I may have had to make an audition tape.

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Maybe your parents had more money than you think. ;-)

As a parent our children don't seem to have any idea how much money we spend on them. Sometimes I think we would have been rich if we didn't have children. LOL

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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I would say you have to be fairly decent playing any instrument.

Here's just one audition video of many.

I may just drive up there next month and audition, LOL,,, roflOnly kidding about that, but I may drive up to visit my luthier, Mark Schwartz, perhap's I can get a grand tour and take some pic's. Nothing promised though.

 

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OH MY DOG!!! > that is intense > That is SWEET!!!!!

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Fiddlerman said
Maybe your parents had more money than you think. ;-)
As a parent our children don't seem to have any idea how much money we spend on them. Sometimes I think we would have been rich if we didn't have children. LOL

It was a long time ago!  I'm older than you might think!  I am so grateful to my parents, not just for this.

I have had the same thoughts about children, but my guess is that we really would not have been rich either way (monetarily) but we in my opinion we are infinitely richer for having our children.

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