Local students are northern ambassadors for this year's International Music Camp

The School District of Mystery Lake continues to produce top-quality musical talent, since Nicole Cruda (Grade 9 from R.D Parker Collegiate) and Landon Greenwood-Sollis (Grade 7 from Riverside) will be attending International Music Camp this upcoming summer.

This camp, founded in 1956, runs in the International Peace Garden on the border between Manitoba and South Dakota, and serves as a gathering point for student musicians from all over the world.

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“You meet people from Luxembourg, Australia, New Zealand, people come from everywhere and you get to learn music together,” said Thompson music teacher Stevie MacPherson, who went through this program as both a student and an adult. “There’s a bunch of games, you get to stay in dorms. It’s kind of a cool experience.”

Cruda and Greenwood-Sollis earned the chance to rub elbows with the international music community after putting in impressive performances at this year’s Parkland/NorMan Region Honour Band festival back in early March.

According to MacPherson, that event’s guest conductors hand-selected Greenwood-Sollis and Cruda from a group of 90 and 50 students, respectively, to receive a camp scholarship.

The pair said April 2 that they were shocked to learn about their selection, and are looking forward to learning more about how to master their instruments through the camp's group activities and private lessons. 

Now all Cruda and Greenwood-Sollis have to do is decide when they want to head down south, since the International Music Camp’s 2019 summer season consists of seven week-long sessions that take place between June and July.

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