TIP kicked-off with auditions on Saturday, August 26. The free program, geared to students in grades eight through twelve, offers weekly classes and performance opportunities that focus on instrumental performance, recording, music theory, and career professionalism. In September, we proudly welcomed seventeen students into our 2017/2018 class of interns! These talented young artists hail from a diversity of schools throughout the Greater New Orleans Area: Encore Academy, Fontainebleau High, Mandeville High School, Lusher High School, Ridgewood Prep, Alice Harte, NOCCA, Sacred Heart, Patrick F. Taylor Science and Tech Academy, Mt. Carmel Academy, Boyet Junior High and Connections Academy. After an amazing day of auditions, our class boasts skills on guitar, piano, saxophone, trumpet, drums and bass as well as experience in both vocals and songwriting.

With a few slots still available, the office received an exciting call just last week from a former New Orleans resident. The family of Jaden Warner, age 15, contacted us to inquire about the possibility of him joining the class. His family recently fled hurricane damaged Puerto Rico, (where they relocated in 2005 following the effects of hurricane Katrina). Needless to say, Tipitina’s Foundation was thrilled to welcome him and we all look forward to nurturing him and his talents in piano, sax and vocals.

During weekly after-school classes, the interns study under the direction of TIP Artistic Director, Donald Harrison, Jr., with support from students enrolled in the UNO Department of Music’s graduate programming.