Minnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Jonathan Mattson

by Christine Sweet, Minnesota Public Radio
December 8, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Where Are They Now? spotlights Minnesota Varsity Featured and Showcase Artists from 2011 and 2012! It's been fun catching up with them to ask what they're doing now and what they remember and value most about their Minnesota Varsity experience. We're pleased to share their inspiring stories with you. And we're proud of every student across the state who's entered Minnesota Varsity and shared their music-making with us and with their friends, families, and communities. Will you be one of 2013's Featured Artists? Start now.

Today, a visit with Jonathan Mattson:
2012 Featured Artist
Age: 16
Hometown: Rochester
Student at: Schaeffer Academy in Rochester.

"I'm currently studying piano with Dr. Paul Wirth and I hope to pursue a career in piano either performing or teaching. My Minnesota Varsity experience has further confirmed that goal.

Probably the most memorable part of the whole experience was being able to do a professional recording in the studio at MPR and then to hear my recording played on the air. The people at MPR have been wonderful.

My participation in Minnesota Varsity has opened up additional performance opportunities such as playing in the Minnesota Varsity Tour concert at The College of St Benedicts and also playing with several other performers at the MPR booth at the State Fair. The exposure generated through MPR has also opened up several other opportunities to perform locally in Rochester."

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