Local Phoenix violinist attends renowned arts camp in Michigan

Violinist Evan Pittman attends Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. He will perform at the Arizona Diamondbacks game on June 29. (Submitted photo)

Violinist Evan Pittman attends Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. He will perform at the Arizona Diamondbacks game on June 29. (Submitted photo)

Evan Pittman, 17, of Phoenix, will attend Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists in grades three-through-12.

Mr. Pittman auditioned for the arts program in February. He will study violin performance at the camp. The high school musician has performed for residents in Phoenix senior facilities, veterans’ homes, church groups and is also the violinist for Saturday mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Phoenix, where he is known for his “Musical Ministry” outreach, according to a press release.

He has performed at public gatherings across the valley, including playing the national anthem for various military and veteran-themed ceremonies, and at professional sporting events, the release said. After completing the program at Interlochen, he will play the national anthem for the Arizona Diamondbacks game at Chase Field on Wednesday, June 29.

“I enjoy playing for all audiences, but I particularly enjoy playing at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” Mr. Pittman said in a prepared statement. “The kids appreciate me being there, and I try to play music that brightens their day. I also talk with them and just try to add a little sunshine when I am there.”

Mr. Pittman earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his “Musical Ministry” campaign in 2015 and was selected as one of the 2016 City of Phoenix’s Outstanding Young Men of the Year. He performs monthly for residents at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital as a member of a national non-profit, “Musicians on Call,” which has musicians play for ailing children at children’s hospitals across the country.

While attending the camp, students learn from world-class instructors and produce hundreds of presentations in dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts, music and film. Among distinguished alumni are musicians, Norah Jones and Josh Groban; members of the band, OK Go; opera and concert soprano, Rufus Wainwright; conductor, Loren Maazel; actor, Anthony Rapp; cartoonist, Cathy Guisewite and more.


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