Evan Snee
Feb 25, 2018

An Invaluable Experience

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As a KISSM musician during my four years of high school, I entered into a community of extremely talented, passionate, hard working, and amazing students and leaders. I remember fondly my first year at KISSM, as it placed me amidst a group of people who loved music just as much as me, and were being specifically and personally instructed how to best progress in our craft and share it with our community, all while having a fantastically fun time. Coming from Merritt, there is limited opportunity for young musicians to perform outside of annual piano recitals. KISSM provided me the chance to not only progress in piano, but also to try out musical theatre for the first time in my life, and my love for this art was awoken as a result. I have gained friends and mentors from my experiences that have stayed with me to this day, and I was so moved from my experience, that when I finished my final year of KISSM, I was unwilling to let it end. So, I decided to come back the next year as a member of the faculty, so that I could invest in a new group of musicians, and my experience has been different, but just as enriching and valuable. KISSM has given me tools that extend far beyond just the realm of music. It has given me confidence. It has given me joy. It has given me a love of speaking in front of great groups of people. It has given me friends, mentors, students, and memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

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    Sep 24

    I went to KISSM as a campter for 8 years, and have come through with an improved ability to trust others. It was great to work hard with other campers to prepare for performances, so much so that no single moment stands out. The bonds made from having gone through a lot with people tend to be much stronger than casual friendships.
  • colinofee
    Jun 18, 2018

    From 2007 to 2014 I attended KISSM as a student, participating in string ensembles, bands, Jazz bands, and drumline. My experience as a student was fantastic! Over the years I made many lifelong friends, greatly improve my musicianship, and most importantly, had a whole lot of fun. In 2015, I was hired as assistant faculty and I have been returning ever since. Having the opportunity as faculty to watch students improve their skills, meet new friends, and have unbelievable amounts of fun has been incredibly rewarding. There's something magical about KISSM that consistently attracts me and many others to return each coming year. Maybe it's the beautiful music we create, maybe it's the lifelong friends we meet or even the strong, positive, community feeling that KISSM fosters. Whatever it is that keeps us coming back, it's for sure found at KISSM.
  • Emma Tow
    Jun 17, 2018

    I attended KISSM for 5 years as a camper and am returning this July for my third year as a mentor on staff. From the beginning KISSM was always exciting to me because I was able to explore all of my different musical interests; piano, violin and musical theatre. I grew so much as an artist because of the expertise and passion of the instructors at KISSM and the opportunities to be involved in the community these connections lead to. But it was the other campers who really influenced my life, and now my fellow mentors who continue to do so. At KISSM I was able to meet so many like minded people who inspired me with their talent, creativity and joy. Collaborating with them on piano duets, in strings ensembles or in musical theatre productions always inspired me. KISSM became the highlight of my year because of the wonderful friendships I had made there. And this is still why I can't wait to come back each summer! Thank you KISSM!
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