A young Saugeen Shores based tuba player has been accepted into the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York where he's one of only two tuba players accepted to the program, next fall.
Josh Lesperance has been playing the Tuba since he was 12 years old and joined the Port Elgin Community band in the 8th grade.
Conductor and music teacher Cam Porter says he was fortunate to have a musician like Lesperance in the band as he's evolved into a "truly excellent player".
Porter has taught music in Saugeen Shores for numerous decades and admits he's never experience a musician like Lesperance. "He's worked hard to reach a entirely different level and that's proven by the fact that he's been accepted by the Eastman School of Music for next year."
Porter knows the musical teen will work very hard to make the most of his enrolment and says he's received a merit scholarship that covers 45-50 percent of his tuition which runs about $55,000 per year, minus the scholarship amount.
Including room and board, that brings the cost per year up to around $73,000.
"It's a whole different world in terms of studying music... probably one of the five best music schools on the planet," says the music teacher. "I know Josh is going work very hard to make the most of it."
Josh works part-time and will be saving his funds for his schooling, and has organized a community concert called "Spectacular" set for June 22 at 7 p.m. to raise funds for this tuition. Porter says that he's proud to be a part the fundraiser.
A GoFundMe has also been created to help the musician whose completed his grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music exams on tuba and received First Class Honours with Distinction on all exams.