The 2019 Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha is over and I can hardly believe it. Positively life-changing doesn’t even begin to cover what it is like to see the campers come together for their final performances and showcase everything they have learned over the past five days. I had the absolute joy of interviewing parents, students, and faculty members about what it was like to see this spectacle of excellence and the answer was unanimous: inspirational. In the morning, the moment that most stuck out to me was seeing Ethan Saucedo introduce the piece his father, Richard Saucedo, composed and was conducting for the Middle School Concert Band camp. If you know anything about Richard Saucedo, you know that he is an incredible composer and even better human being; I am so glad he got to share that special moment with his son.

In the afternoon, the Middle School Color Guard students gave a performance that completely blew all of us away. The amount of maturity and skill that exudes from these students is absolutely breathtaking and I can’t wait to see how much the newest division at the Summer Symposium grows in the coming years. Every division should feel so much pride for what they accomplished this week, I know I am.

I can’t wait to continue to tell the stories of the incredible campers that come to the Summer Symposium in years to come. You all inspire me and move me to tears with the amount of passion and sheer joy that follows you through the week. To the parents, thank you for trusting us to take care of your students and play a part in their musical journey. I promise you won’t be disappointed with the outcome.