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Patrick Thordsen

A 2021 McGavock High School graduate was invited to take part in an elite multidisciplinary summer arts program in Interlochen, Michigan.

Patrick Thordsen, 18, lives in Old Hickory. He left for the premier Interlochen Arts Camp on July 17 and will take part in a three-week program for aspiring artists in third through 12th grades.

“I am going to study percussion and orchestra at Interlochen,” he said.

He went through a nomination process. He brought experience from his participation in McGavock’s marching band, winter drumline and wind ensemble. He was a member of the Tennessee Youth Orchestra, Honor Band of America, Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts, Tennessee Ambassadors of Music, MTSBOA Mid-State Band and TMEA All-State Band.

Thordsen said he was the recipient of the dean’s scholarship for music and received an academic scholarship to attend Butler University in Indianapolis in the fall.

“I plan to major in music education and music performance,” he said.

Thordsen said he started playing percussion before fifth grade at DuPont Hadley and joined the band in high school.

Artistic students 8-18 from around the world convene at Interlochen to expand their capacity in music, theatre, dance, creative writing, visual arts and film. Through daily classes, enriching electives and frequent performances, Interlochen students explore the full breadth of the arts, pursue creative breakthroughs and forge lifelong cross-cultural friendships. Immersed in a multidisciplinary artistic environment, young creatives find reflection, rejuvenation and inspiration on Interlochen’s pristine 1,200-acre wooded campus.

“We are excited to celebrate the start of the 93rd season of Interlochen Arts Camp,” said Trey Davey, president of Interlochen Center for the Arts. “It is thrilling to witness the remarkable growth that takes place at Interlochen as students discover their potential and take their talent to the next level.”

Thordsen said he understands the camp will include many rehearsals toward a third week collaborative performance.

“It’s a camp environment and very outdoorsy,” he said. “I am very excited.”

Already, Thordsen went to a smaller camp in Interlochen in June. This is part 2. He said he knows a couple of other students who will attend this time around.

Among distinguished camp alumni are Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Rufus Wainwright, Jessye Norman, Loren Maazel, actor Anthony Rapp, cartoonist Cathy Guisewite and more. About 10% of the nation’s professional orchestra musicians have roots at Interlochen, and the alumni community were awarded nearly 100 Grammy awards.

Artists such as Joshua Bell, Diana Ross, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma and Harry Connick Jr. have participated as guests at the celebrated annual camp.

While Thordsen cemented his college major, he said as far as his future, he’ll figure it out in college.

In addition to percussion and performance, he’s into film and shooting movies. He’s also been to Europe as part of Tennessee Ambassadors of Music. In addition to drums, he plays marimba and xylophone.

“I hope to learn how to better perform the hard pieces and gain opportunities to broaden my horizons,” Thordsen said.

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