A Central High School senior spent part of her summer at Kansas State University’s Summer Choral Institute.
Tessa Tolen, the daughter of Jason and Amanda Tolen, was one of 40 top high school choral music students from around the country chosen to take part in the institute during the first week in June. She received a scholarship from the Master Teacher Institute for the Arts that covered all of her expenses for the week.
The students spent their time on campus in rehearsals, master classes, private team building and character building with the institute’s leadership staff, who are among the top performers and educators in their respective fields. The week culminated in a performance in the campus chapel, where Tessa was a featured soloist as well as a member of the choir.
“I was so blessed to be selected, and it was an outstanding experience and a wonderful opportunity,” Tessa says, adding that it was an amazing feeling to be with other youth with the same goal of creating music that impacts listeners. “I hope to be able to share what I learned with my fellow singers at Central and around the community to encourage them to love singing as much as I do and help them realize the value of music to them personally and to society as a whole.”