How Do You Get To Interlochen? Sell Hairpins.

17-year-old bass-baritone DeRon McDaniel at Interlochen. i i

hide caption17-year-old bass-baritone DeRon McDaniel at Interlochen.

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17-year-old bass-baritone DeRon McDaniel at Interlochen.

17-year-old bass-baritone DeRon McDaniel at Interlochen.

Sam Oldenburg/Sam Oldenburg for NPR

Our colleague Elizabeth Blair had a lovely piece this morning on Morning Edition about how some very impassioned — and resourceful — young people have funded their summer at the very expensive Interlochen arts camp in northern Michigan.

One girl spent months making and selling hairpins fashioned out of soda cans to help pay her tuition. Bass-baritone DeRon McDaniel, whose family has been enduring some very tough times — including losing their house to foreclosure — wrote letters to potential sponsors and gave a recital for donations.

It takes a very particular kind of kid to spend time in practice rooms and rehearsals rather than indulge in more traditional summer pastimes, but these enterprising and highly motivated young musicians have that passion on another level altogether.

Did you attend Interlochen or another arts camp? Or a specialized arts school? What did you do to fund your passion? Share your memories with fellow Deceptive Cadence readers in the comments section below.

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