Student with ties to OC accepted to music institute
Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 10:10 am
The Messenger 07.23.08
Aaron Morrison, 14-year-old son of Donna Farmer of Vidalia, Ga., formerly of Obion County, has been accepted to the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute.
Morrison’s mother is the former Donna Bramlett, a member of the Class of 1976 at Obion County Central High School, where she was a Miss OCCHS, was a member of the band and was a stage band vocalist.
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Brevard Music Center (BMC) has been providing young musicians with the opportunity to develop their talents for over 70 years. Each summer, more than 400 students ages 14 through post-college join professional musicians to “eat, breathe and sleep” music for seven weeks.
In addition to a rigorous schedule of instruction, students collaborate with faculty and guest artists in more than 80 public performances. The combination of studying with distinguished professional musicians and an intense performance schedule sets the Brevard Music Center apart from other summer music institutions and gives students the opportunity to understand the world of a professional musician.
At the age of 14, Morrison is already an accomplished musician, playing the piano on Thursday nights at Elements Bistro & Grill in Lyons, Ga. He also also enjoys listening to and composing music in his spare time.
He receives advanced piano instruction from Dr. Ralph Cooper of Mount Vernon, Ga.
As part of the admission process for Brevard, Morrison submitted a recording of his piano playing. He was accepted and awarded a $600 scholarship for the summer session.
While at Brevard, Morrison will continue to focus on piano studies. Renowned faculty from distinguished conservatories and universities will conduct the piano instruction. Students will receive weekly lessons and have access to courses in piano literature and related subjects. Performance opportunities will also abound. A public student piano recital occurs each Thursday in Straus Auditorium. Piano students may also perform in Brevard’s general student recital series, presented every Monday.
New for 2008 is the opportunity for piano students to participate in a collaborative track through which they can play chamber music or vocal music or partner with instrumentalists in sonatas. Pianists and composers will also help form the chorus for a performance of “Carmina Burana.”