(Photo by Johanna Kaiser for boston.com)
A young Boston musician will be attending a summer music camp at Berklee College of Music after being awarded a surprise scholarship at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival Saturday.
Daniel Hines, a junior at Boston Latin School and Dorchester resident, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Natixis Global Asset Management to attend Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program.
“It’s just like being at Berklee in high school,” said a breathless and smiling Hines after accepting the award.
Hines, who plays piano and trombone, and sings, participated in the program this past summer and was excited to again work with the college’s professors, have access to its resources and technology, and perform with fellow students.
“It’s going to happen all over again,” he said. Hines said participating in the program was a life changing experience.
Hines accepted the scholarship onstage at the festival in Carter Playground where Paula Cole had just performed.
“The first thing to get cut—we all know this—in schools is the arts,” John Hailer, President and CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management, which sponsored the festival as well as the scholarship, told the crowd.
This is the second year Natixis has awarded the scholarship and plans to continue.
Hailer joked with Hines that he had a resume of a 35-year-old musician, not a 16-year-old student, and said every student they considered was impressive.
“They’re not just great musicians, but well-rounded people,” he said. “To be able to help someone like this is such an honor.”
Hines said he will probably focus on piano this summer, and is starting to look into colleges.