Matthew Daily, 17, of Kingwood, attended the Interlochen Arts Camp this summer, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3 through 12. Daily is going to be a senior at Kingwood High School and studied orchestral double bass at the camp.
Daily was selected as an Interlochen Orchestral Scholar, which was based on the strength of his audition and previous experiences. The award was a full-tuition scholarship which enabled him to pursue the program’s intensive six-week study. As part of the World Youth Symphony, he has performed with JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Carlos Kalmar, music director of the Oregon Symphony, and Christian Macelaru of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
He is a member of the nationally recognized Kingwood High School Orchestra Program, directed by Dr. Chris Reidlinger, Elisabeth Hale and Michael Astwood. Daily is a member of the Houston Youth Symphony and also competed on the Kingwood Debate Team.
Interlochen Arts Camp attracts students, faculty and staff from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries. These 2,500 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, members of the band OK Go, Rufus Wainwright, opera and concert soprano Jessye Norman, conductor Loren Maazel, jazz pianist Eldar, actor Anthony Rapp, cartoonist Cathy Guisewite and many more. Approximately 10 percent of the nation’s professional orchestra musicians have roots at Interlochen and the alumni community has been awarded nearly 100 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, Josh Groban, the Decemberists, the Avett Brothers, Olga Kern, Harry Connick Jr., Trace Adkins, Branford Marsalis and many more.