Each year, the US music college partners with the annual Chicago-based rock festival to discover and nurture new talented musicians
An ongoing partnership between Lollapalooza and Berklee College of Music has resulted in scholarship awards for 14 musicians since 2011. This year sees 18-year-old guitarist Millisa Henderson and 16-year-old vocalist Megan Bishop become recipients of the Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship.
After a process that included auditions in cities across the US, Berklee chose Millisa Henderson to receive the four-year, full-tuition scholarship. An 18-year-old guitarist who began taking lessons in 2009, she has been lead guitarist/vocalist for rock bands Insane Audio and Signs of Warning, as well as guitarist for the Muskogee High School Jazz Band and Pride of Muskogee Marching Band. Also a vocalist and pianist, her performances cross genres including rock, funk and fusion, and she is currently working on an EP of original music.
“After being on campus, taking classes with incredibly talented teachers, and discovering other young people with my same love of music, I knew becoming an undergraduate at Berklee was something I really wanted to do,” said Henderson. “I feel that the key to a sincere, life-long music career is through music education and study at an esteemed school.”
Megan Bishop from Chicago, Illinois, has been awarded the Berklee Lollapalooza Five-Week Scholarship to attend this summer’s program for high school students. Bishop writes and records original songs in her bedroom with the goal of being able to independently produce and sell her music. She is also currently writing a musical.
“I’m really excited to meet new people and collaborate, record music, learn more about who I am as a musician, and explore different kinds of music,” commented Bishop. “I am so grateful for the scholarship. Everything about music has thrilled me since I was really young and I’m striving to get better at doing what I love.”
The partnership also gives Berklee student folk trio Honeysuckle the opportunity to perform on one of the main stages at Lollapalooza’s 25th anniversary festival in Chicago. Honeysuckle perform Saturday 30 July at noon on the Pepsi Stage. Berklee students will also host a silent concert at Kidzapalooza throughout the festival.
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