Local Young Artist, Jessie Ann Bolash, Will Attend Renowned Interlochen Arts Camp

INTERLOCHEN, Mich. — Jessie Ann Bolash, 17, of Arlington Heights has been accepted and will attend Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3 through 12. Jessie Ann, the daughter of Robert and Camille, will study Vocal Arts and Operetta at the Camp. In 2010, the Camp will mark its 83rd season at the forefront of arts education.

Jessie Ann is currently a Junior at Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, IL. She has been a member of Prospect’s Treble and Varsity Choirs, and is currently a member of the Honors Choir. Also, Jessie Ann is a two year member of the award winning all-girls show choir, Company. This year Jessie Ann will be receiving her varsity letter for choir at Prospect. Besides being involved with Prospect’s Music Department, Jessie Ann is a voice student at Harper Junior College in Palatine, IL. Jessie Ann has taken private voice lessons for 5 years and has been involved in various choirs, recitals, and singing opportunities for the past 9 years. Recently, Jessie Ann was a finalist in the Junior Opera Idol competition in Evanston, IL. Also, she has participated in the national Classical Singer competition. Jessie Ann is planning on pursuing classical vocal performance in college and is committed to making this her career. This summer will be Jessie Ann’s second year attending Interlochen Arts Camp as a Vocal Arts and Operetta major.

Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan attracts students, faculty and staff from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries. These 3,000 artists fill Interlochen’s northwoods campus with an explosion of creativity. Student-artists learn from world-class instructors and produce hundreds of presentations each summer in dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts, music and film.

Among the distinguished Camp alumni are Norah Jones, singer Josh Groban, opera and concert soprano Jessye Norman, conductor Loren Maazel, jazz pianist Eldar, actor Anthony Rapp, cartoonist Cathy Guisewite and many more. Approximately ten percent of the nation’s professional orchestra musicians have roots at Interlochen and the alumni community has been honored with 90 Grammy Awards.

In addition to hundreds of performances, presentations and readings by young artists, Interlochen brings leading artists and performers to the northern Michigan campus. In recent years, guest artists have included Joshua Bell, Olga Kern, Bob Dylan, Van Cliburn, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Guster, Lyle Lovett, Trace Adkins, Branford Marsalis, the Moody Blues and many more.

Highlights of the 2009 Camp season can be found at: www.interlochen.org/camp/video

Interlochen Arts Camp is part of the nonprofit Interlochen Center for the Arts, recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including leaders in the arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at www.interlochen.org.