Lucas Kadish, a Hudson High School senior, has been selected as a YoungArts Finalist on jazz guitar by the National YoungArts Foundation.
Kadish, 18, was chosen out of more than 10,000 applicants to be one of 170 young artists to go to Miami Jan. 6 to participate in the National YoungArts Foundation's master classes, interdisciplinary workshops, live auditions, interviews, exhibitions and performances in the visual, literary, performing and design arts.
"I uploaded an audition video to their website," Kadish said.
That video earned him the week of instruction in Miami.
"The foundation pays for all my expenses -- flight, hotel and food for the entire week," the guitarist explained.
And Kadish won't go empty handed: a composer and arranger, he's taking a original piece that he wrote and hopes to play at YoungArts in Miami.
"Music is what I do every day. Whether it's practicing, listening or performing, it's what I enjoy doing most," Kadish said.
He has been playing guitar since he was 9, when his parents bought him a guitar for his birthday.
"I started taking lessons at Woodsy's Music in Kent," he said. "I studied there for five years. Then I studied privately with various jazz musicians. I currently study with Dan Wilson from Akron. I have even traveled to New York to take a lesson with Peter Mazza."
"Jazz just grabs me. It's a very powerful music, and I still have so much to learn about it," Kadish said
He got a very early start in the music world. When he was in the fifth grade he started a group called Case Sensitive. All the other musicians in it were in high school.
Later he started a group called Jazzkour with the top jazz musicians at Hudson High School. Jazzkour played at local restaurants and even staged a fundraiser to raise money for the high school's new stadium.
Kadish is no stranger to traveling for his music. For the past three summers he attended the Skidmore Jazz Institute in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
"I have performed all around Akron and Cleveland. I had a regular gig for two years at the Water Street Tavern in Kent, Nighttown in Cleveland, Barking Spider in Cleveland, First Night Akron, Kent Stage, Hessler Street Fair, Kent Heritage Festival and Taste of Hudson," Kadish said.
Kadish also is a member of the Hudson High School Marching band and wind ensemble as a percussionist, and the Hudson High School Jazz Ensemble as the guitarist.
"I plan to study jazz after high school. I am applying to schools in New York, Boston and Oberlin," he said.
The jazz guitarist is the son of Rhonda Kadish of Hudson and Eugene Kadish of University Heights.
The National YoungArts Foundation was established in 1981 to identify and support the next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists.
To date, YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with more than $6 million in monetary awards; facilitated in excess of $150 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world.