PLHS Student Chosen for Two Prestigious Vocal Awards including Grammy Camp – Will Perform During GRAMMY Events

Kara Walton, a senior at Papillion-La Vista High School, has been chosen for the prestigious 2016 GRAMMY Camp- Jazz Session. She is one of 32 students selected from across the country. The GRAMMY Camp- Jazz Session brings students that are talented jazz singers and instrumentalists together for a weeklong musical camp in Los Angeles.

Kara has also been named a 2016 National YoungArts Foundation Honorable Mention Winner in Jazz Voice. She is one of 819 students selected in a variety of arts areas including dance, musical, visual and performing arts from over 12,000 applications for this honor.  The YoungArts honors emerging artists from across the country. All winners now have the opportunity to participate in YoungArts’ regional programs, including YoungArts Los Angeles (February 16 – 21, 2016), YoungArts Miami (March 8 – 13, 2016), and YoungArts New York (April 12 – 17, 2016). Winners can also receive up to $10,000 during one of the regional programs.

For GRAMMY Camp 2016 students will travel to Los Angeles in early February to take part in the weeklong musical adventure under the direction of Justin DiCioccio of the Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Ron McCurdy of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and associate choral director Susanna Wegner of Kansas City, Mo. 

During the week of February 10-15, students will perform at various GRAMMY Week events including an appearance at GRAMMY in the Schools Live! – A Celebration of Music and Education on February 11, 2016 at Club Nokia with special guest artists. They will also perform on February 10 at the Spaghettini Fine Dining and Entertainment in Seal Beach, California and on February 12 at the Spaghettini and the Dave Koz Lounge in Beverly Hills. On February 12-14, students will work with Multi-GRAMMY winning engineer and Producers & Engineers Wing Member Al Schmitt to record an album GRAMMY Jazz 24 courtesy of Capitol Studios & Mastering. Students will then attend the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards on February 15 as guests of The Recording Academy and will perform at the GRAMMY celebration after-party.

This is a great opportunity for Kara and other students to showcase their talents in front of professional musicians. GRAMMY Camp-Jazz Session students are also eligible for more than $2 million in college scholarships. Papillion-La Vista High School will also receive a professional cymbol courtesy of the Zildjian Company.