Talented young performer and composer, Kimon Phirippides, has the chance of a lifetime. This Matric learner has been accepted into the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts, to study music and composing. It is his lifetime dream -- but to make this dream come true he needs your help. He needs you to help him by contributing to his college fees. You could also help him fundraise, or help promote this page, or help him to call on the crowd to come and support the fulfillment of his dream. Let's make this dream a reality. Let's get #Kimon2Berklee.
KIMON IN HIS OWN WORDS:
For years I have dreamt of changing the world with my music.
Hard work and dedication has brought me a long way. For the past three years I’ve been privileged and fortunate to attend Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal on a music scholarship. But the big dream is to go to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and turn my passion into a career. I long to become a film scorer and professional composer, and Berklee is the best place in the world to make this dream come true.
Imagine my excitement when I got a letter back from Berklee a few days back that read:
“Congratulations Kimon! On behalf of the President and the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to announce your acceptance to Berklee College of Music as a candidate for the Boston campus Bachelor of Music Degree, January 2017, spring semester.” Berklee awarded me $10,000.00 because of “the high level of talent and musical promise” the college observed during my application period.
But - and it is a big but - I need to raise a further $87,000.00 in order to pay for my tuition and residence fees, to take up the honour of studying at Berklee. Given their circumstance, coupled with the rand/dollar exchange rate, my parents are not capable of paying this for me.
WHY HELP GET #KIMON2BERKLEE
You won’t find anyone who works harder or more fiercely to make their music dreams come true.
I was awarded the South African Society of Music Teachers awards in both 2014 and 2015 for the Pietermaritzburg region.
In grade 10, I played my piano Grade 7 UNISA exam and was awarded the ‘Roll of Honour’ for the exam. In Grade 11, I played the Trinity and Royal Schools Grade 8 piano exams and achieved Distinction and merit, respectively. I am still awaiting my results for the Grade 7 Trinity Voice and Flute exams I did this year.
At a recent Eisteddfod, I achieved 12 golds overall for my various performances as well as achieving 90% for the performance of one of my own compositions.
While at Hilton College, I was honoured with the Vera Green piano award.
I composed and recorded my first CD aged 16, which has been featured several times on ClassicFM.
At Hilton I was in the Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Band, Choir and orchestra. I was the featured solo pianist at the final concert.
FROM AFRICA TO BERKLEE
I am a very dedicated, hard worker and am cognisant of the fact that talent alone is not enough. I won’t stop until I succeed in my chosen profession and make my sponsors, family, friends, teachers and South Africa proud of me.
Hilton College has taught me so much. I know I can achieve my potential because of my solid grounding educationally, as well as ethically and morally. Music is my passion and my life. I’m constantly composing music in my head, I hear it in everything. I can’t imagine my life if I wasn’t able to live up to my full potential.
Please help to get #Kimon2Berklee
Kimon Dimitri Phirippides Pienaar
We realise that this is a lot of money, but the beauty of crowdfunding is that every little bit counts.
Kimon has been given the option to postpone his admission to either September 2017 or January 2018, while still retaining the scholarship he has been granted. He will attend another university in 2017 while continuing to raise funds for Berklee.