William Leathers was just 12 several years aged when he met legendary jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. That 12 months, William had become the youngest trumpeter acknowledged into the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Right after listening to William play, Marsalis went up to William’s instructor and claimed “this kid belongs at Juilliard.”
5 a long time afterwards, William’s acquired that coveted invitation to study at just one of the world’s most renowned—and selective—music applications (Marsalis himself is a member of the jazz college at the faculty). But the Canadian teen has a person significant hurdle: the charge of attendance.
William is just a single of 3 undergraduate trumpeters to be provided a place at the prestigious New York City school, CBC.ca reviews, but as an global college student, his family members will need to fork around $364,000 in Canadian dollars to include his tuition and housing for 4 decades (that’s almost $71,000 U.S. dollars per 12 months).
“There’s been some scholarship provided from Juilliard but not all, and Juilliard’s incredibly high priced,” William reported. The award-successful musician, who’s also a classical pianist, is ineligible for most Canadian scholarships because he’s likely out of the state to study.
The family has been in a position to pool with each other $25,000 for the 1st yr, but started out a crowdfunding marketing campaign last weekend to make up the rest of the $65,5000 they need for the initial yr.
As of Wednesday morning, his YouCaring marketing campaign experienced lifted extra than $52,000—a minimal much more than $10,000 shorter of his aim. Donors—some of whom had viewed William perform in the past—offered phrases of encouragement and help to William alongside with their donations.
People on social media have also been spreading the word, sharing his tale and clips of him carrying out.
William instructed CBC that he uncovered the guidance he’s received so much “incredible.”
“People that really do not even know me, all these persons in Canada are making an attempt to help me out,” he claimed.