You Are Never Too Young

A young, extraordinary alumnus you helped gives back to his alma mater.

Charles Barr Organ Scholarship recipient Bryan Dunnewald, student of Tom Bara, was extraordinary at Interlochen.

By the time he graduated in 2014 he had impressed fellow students and faculty, receiving the Young Artist Award, the Young Scholar Award, the Roger E. and Mary Jane Jacobi Award, the Fine Arts Award, and Einstein Award in Physics.

Now a Curtis Institute of Music organ student of Alan Morrison, Bryan continues to be extraordinary at Interlochen by giving back to his alma mater.

Asked what motivates him to give back to Interlochen, he said:

“Interlochen is very important to me, shaping my life musically and personally. General Dance, Advanced Physics, learning to write well, and jazz improvisation are just a few of the many transformative experiences at Interlochen which pushed my boundaries and expanded my horizons.

We are lucky to study and live in a community of dedicated peers, learning from our friends as much as our teachers. Those friends remain close, keeping the artistic community strong and providing inspiration and support long after graduation.”

This past summer, while serving as Tom Bara’s teaching assistant at Camp, Tom and Bryan talked about their vision for a new organ wing in Interlochen’s anticipated Music Building.

“Tom and I both thought…the new wing would bring the already excellent organ program to a new level, and so I knew I wanted to support it. I am fortunate to have studied organ at Interlochen, and I’m excited to see how the new organ wing helps a great and special teacher, program and institution continue to grow.”

This new year we can all be inspired to do more by someone so young already having done so much. Thank you Bryan for setting an extraordinary example in your commitment to the arts!