A Culver Academies soloist and one ensemble achieved perfection on Jan. 28. Viola soloist Yulun Wu ’19 (Shanghai, China) and the woodwind trio of Emma Kiewitt ’18 (Fishers, Ind.), Tianchang Zhao ’17 (Dalian, China), and Elena Prieto ’18 (San Antonio, Texas) received perfect scores following their performances at the Indiana State School Music Association’s district competition.
A total of 10 soloists and three ensembles qualified for the state competition on Saturday, Feb. 25. The district competition was conducted at Plymouth High School.
Other qualifying soloists include Zhiyang Xu, violin; Ally Kim, viola; Emma Kiewitt, flute; Shang-En Wu, flute; Elena Prieto, clarinet; Kristen Gram, clarinet; Tianchang Zhao, clarinet; Megan Collins, cello; and Xucong Zhu, cello.
The qualifying ensembles included the woodwind choir and string quartet. The woodwind choir includes Zhaoqi Haung, James Mechling-Smith, Howard Mosley, Justin Shao, Kyle Strain, Shang-En Wu, Jaewoo Yoon, Benjamin Youngs, Emily Cross, Devon Gadzinski, Kristen Gram, Emma Kiewitt, Hannah Luo, Claire Martinez, Molly McGrane, Uchechukwu Nnate, Elena Prieto, and Tianchang Zhao. The string quartet includes Zhiyang Xu, Hye Im Lee, Ally Kim, and Xucong Zhu.
The state piano competition will be conducted Feb. 18. Culver will have four students participating: Martha (Fangping) Chen, Hannan Luo, Jake (Chuxiong) Xu, and Sherry (Yixuan) Wu.
Perform at Carnegie Hall
Three members of the Culver Academies Choir performed at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, Feb. 5. Inho Kang ’17 (Daegu, South Korea), Charlotte Root ’18 (Indianapolis), and Wootae Jeon ’17 (Daejeon, South Korea) performed as members of the Carnegie Hall High School Honors Choir.
The students auditioned in the fall and were accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Singers came from across the United States, Guam, Canada, and a number of foreign countries for the performance at Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.
The students spent five days in New York City, where they had the opportunity to learn from world-renowned choral conductor, Dr. Edith Copley; attend the Broadway show School of Rock; and tour landmarks such as the Rockefeller Plaza Top of the Rock, Wall Street, the National 9/11 Memorial, and the Empire State building before performing in Sunday.
State Honors Choir
Two Culver Academies choral members were selected for the 2017 Indiana All-State Honors Choir. Yunyi Hou ’17 (Hangiou, China) and Wootae Jeon ’17 (Daejeon, South Korea) performed with the 250 voice choir at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne on Jan. 14.
The All-State Honors Choir represents the state’s finest high school singers. They are selected through a highly competitive audition process, then go to monthly area rehearsals, coming together for the first time on Jan. 14. The concert consisted of eight pieces, three of which were accompanied by members of the Fort Wayne Symphony. The choir was conducted by Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, who also served as the conductor for Culver students in the 2013 Rome International Choral Festival.