Student Turns Entrepreneur To Fund Opera Camp

by | Oct 1, 2013

Kat Meyer was understandably excited about the opportunity to attend an advanced music workshop next summer at Boston Conservatory. Kat is already an accomplished singer and performer, and she is still in high school.  She has performed with a number of local theater groups including  Auburn Community Players and Hudson High School Drama, where Kat is a junior. In 2012, Kat won Wachusett’s Got Talent.  So the chance to even further hone her talent was appealing.

Paying for the workshop was a bit daunting, however. Then Kat and her mother, Kym Meyer, got an idea.

“I knit, Kat knits, so why not sell our knitting?” said Kym.  When asked how the idea came to be, Kat replied “It was actually a joke.  But now here we are.”  With that, “Knits for Notes” was hatched and has been picking up steam ever since.  “The program is technically called the Vocal Intensive Workshop at Boston Conservatory.  But I call it ‘opera camp. It’s easier.”

We caught up with Kat at Auburn’s Fall Festival last weekend where she and her mother displayed their latest creations.  They had the standards – hats, scarves and dishcloths.  They also have some modern additions, like coffee cup cozies and felted dryer balls.

“They reduce static, reduce drying time and they are 100% felted cotton.” said Kat.  “There are no perfumes, no chemicals, nothing.  They are actually one of our best sellers” she added.  The balls are 3 for $13.

In addition to making the craft show circuit, Kat has added a 21st century dimension to this home spun project. Of course there is a Facebook Page.  She also has an Etsy store and a GoFundMe site.  It seems to be working; since April Kat has raised about half the tuition for the Voice Workshop.

Kat is hoping the holiday season will provide a final push to get her to her goal with time to spare. “The knitted and crocheted items make great gifts.  We also custom make items, so visit our Etsy store and see what we can make.”