For the first time since 1999, a Lakeview High School student will be embarking on a European trip as a part of a biennial concert tour with Oregon Ambassadors of Music (OAM), an organization overseen by Voyageurs International, Ltd.
Saylor Antle, a junior at LHS in the fall, will spend the next year fundraising to participate in the 2015 tour that will take Antle and other Oregon high school all-star musicians to seven countries. Starting in London, OAM students will travel through England, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Italy and Germany, performing for locals and taking in the sights during the July 3-18, 2015 tour.
Four students from LHS were nominated by music teacher Sarah Davis for the prestigious experience, with Antle the only one accepted to participate in the OAM tour.
“They ask for dedicated and well-behaved players that would be easy to travel with,” said Davis. “Saylor tries so hard, she practices so much and loves playing in band. I’m glad to see her getting this unique opportunity.”
Two weeks in Europe is an expensive venture, necessitating over $6,000 in fundraising needed to afford travel, food and lodging. To raise the funds, Antle and her family are planning bake sales, can drives, a gofundme campaign and tax-free donation forms are also available.
Prior to departing for Europe, a three-day camp will be held at Lewis and Clark College, comprising 12-hour rehearsal days. The collective will consist of both band and choir students. Antle will earn two semester hours of college credit for her participation. She has already been awarded a music scholarship to the Curry Music Camp at Northern Arizona University.
While only two students from Lakeview have previously participated in the program, the Ambassadors of Music program has Lake County origins. The Musical Director is David Becker, who began his teaching career in Lakeview from 1971 to 1973.
Students are accepted for the program through nomination based on musical ability and character. For Antle, music has been an area she has excelled in her nearly six years of playing instruments. She also is an athlete on the LHS track team.
Antle began playing music in sixth grade, quickly moving up to advanced band playing clarinet in middle school. After mastering the instrument beyond her peers, music teachers suggested becoming a multi-instrumentalist, so Antle began teaching herself oboe as well. Antle will perform both clarinet and oboe during the European tour.
To assist with fundraising efforts please visit www.gofundme.com/9glz3k or contact Jennifer Antle at 541-219-2904 for tax-free donation forms or more information.
To see Antle’s solo performance at LHS Spring Culture Night or in several concerts during the 2013-14 school year, please visit the Lake County Examiner youtube channel or www.lakecountyexam.com.