Nicole Patrick attending Interlochen Arts Camp

Nicole Patrick

Nicole Patrick of Miami has been named one of only 43 Emerson Scholars receiving a full scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring young musicians.

Emerson scholars are selected to the competitive summer arts program from among the top applicants.

Patrick, 18, is attending Interlochen Arts Camp this summer to study percussion and perform with distinguished youth ensembles. She is the daughter of Chad and Lori Patrick. Although she spent her first three years of high school at Coral Reef High School (CRHS), Patrick graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI. She studies classical percussion with her father and Sergio Carreno, and drumset with Daniel Susnjar. At the Arts Academy, she studied with Jeffrey Irving and John Alfieri.

Patrick has played in the pit for numerous musicals at Miami Children’s Theater and Area Stage Theater Company. She has won the Young Artist Award and Senior Honors at the Academy as well as the John Philip Sousa Award at CRHS.

Patrick will attend the University of Michigan as a double major for Jazz and Classical Performance. In the future, she hopes to play professionally for Broadway productions or tour as a musician.

“I am so happy I get to return to Interlochen after the best school year ever!”

Sponsored by Emerson of St. Louis, the Emerson Scholar Program provides the opportunity for outstanding high school musicians to attend Interlochen Arts Camp, located in northwest Michigan. The Emerson Scholars Award provides full tuition, private lessons, and room and board for the six-week summer program. This is the 23rd year Emerson has sponsored the scholarship program.

“Every year, Interlochen Arts Camp brings together some of the most talented and motivated students from around the world,” said Interlochen president Jeffrey S. Kimpton. “Thanks to the generosity of Emerson, we are able to extend even more opportunities to talented young artists by providing them with an experience unlike any other.”

To be eligible for the Emerson Scholarship, students must be in grades 9-12 and demonstrate exceptional skill and proficiency on harp, string, wind or percussion instruments.

“To be recognized as an Emerson Scholar puts these students in a most elite and prestigious group of talented people,” Kimpton said. “It is quite an honor, not only for the students themselves, but also for the people and places that helped them to become the promising young musicians they are.”

Interlochen Arts Camp is part of the nonprofit Interlochen Center for the Arts, the only community in the world that brings together a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; lifelong opportunities for arts education and enrichment; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations, and one of the nation’s largest arts presenters with 600 events annually.

For admissions information, call 231-276-7472, or visit Interlochen online at

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