Clarksdale resident Travis Calvin, a member of the
Delta Blues Museum’s after-school arts and education
program, has received a full scholarship to the Berklee
College of Music’s five-week Summer Performance
Program that will be held July 12-Aug. 15 in Boston.
Allen Bush, Berklee’s director of media relations;
Shelley Ritter, director of the Delta Blues Museum;
and Clarksdale musician and educator Daddy Rich presented
the scholarship to Calvin on stage at the 5th Annual
Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale April 19 during a
performance by Calvin and his classmates.
Accompanied by a drummer, Calvin had auditioned for
the scholarship two days earlier playing a guitar solo
blues arrangement of “Amazing Grace.” He
also plays bass, keyboards, drums, and the saxophone.
Calvin, 18, has since performed at the Chicago Blues
and the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel festivals,
and is a young fixture at Clarksdale blues clubs. He
hopes to become a music teacher someday.
This is the first time Berklee has partnered with Mississippi
institutions to identify and award music education opportunities
to young blues musicians.
Another scholarship will be awarded in May to a teen
from Copiah County in a similar effort with the Robert
Johnson Blues Foundation.