Bronzeville native Mae Ya Carter Ryan is a child prodigy who just received a nearly full scholarship to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. This opportunity will allow her to refine her gift, and continue her musical training and high school education while polishing her performance skills.
While the scholarship might seem like an opportunity of a lifetime, without additional funds it may be a dream deferred.
The public is invited to support the 13-year-old prodigy at “A Garden Party & Concert Fundraiser with Mae Ya” on Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Glispie Manor, 815 E. Oakwood Blvd., in Chicago. It will be an evening of music, food and wine.
Produced by GG Originals for the Love, Unity & Values (LUV) Institute, the concert fundraiser will provide resources for Mae Ya to close her scholarship gap, as well as purchase much needed essentials such as a computer, books and school supplies. A portion of donations will be tax-deductible.
She was only an eight-year-old when her mother discovered she could sing. Her voice is deep, very soulful and grown-up sounding. Listeners are moved from the inside out when they hear her sing. Not many children have such an adult sound, which makes her unique.
Her voice is reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, and Dinah Washington all rolled into one. She has been noticed, received awards and appeared on several television shows. But her training is just beginning and must include a formal music education for a gifted artist like her.
Interlochen Arts Academy is a boarding high school that prepares young artists for rewarding careers and fosters academic excellence. Each year, thousands of artists and arts patrons visit Interlochen to experience world-class educational and cultural opportunities. Students study music, theatre, visual arts, film, creative writing and dance, guided by an outstanding faculty and guest artists, and inspired by the scenic beauty of Michigan.
Mae Ya has received a scholarship to attend the school’s summer program for several years, but believes she would receive a greater benefit if she could attend a full year.