By Lucas O’Fee
Masters Student, UBC
Overall, I can’t say enough about the service that KISSM provides to the music education community in BC.
The summers I spent at Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music (KISSM) were incredibly valuable to my development as a young musician.
I am currently completing my Master's Degree in trombone performance and the skills I developed as a KISSM student are still with me today. KISSM gave me the opportunity to explore music beyond my school’s band program. I had the pleasure of learning from some of British Columbia's best music educators which brought up my level of musicianship.
For example, at KISSM I was encouraged to learn how to play the euphonium as a secondary instrument. Recently, I had the opportunity to use this skill as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. This is just one example of the countless ways that KISSM influenced my educational path and success as a performing musician.
Overall, I can’t say enough about the service that KISSM provides to the music education community in BC. Many of the students I attended KISSM with have gone on to careers in music and music education. I consider some of the people I met at KISSM to be my longest and most treasured friendships.
I am still in touch with many of the students I attended with throughout the years and I’m grateful to have had the chance to meet them.