Five members of the Culver Academies choir have been selected to for the 2017 High School Honors Choir at Carnegie Hall.
Ana Paula Quintana Braun ’18 (Naucalpan, Mexico), Charlotte Root ’18 (Indianapolis), Wootae Jeon ’17 (Daejeon, South Korea), Inho Kang ’17 (Daegu, South Korea), and Bernardo Quintana ’17 (Naucalpan, Mexico) will participate in the Honors Ensemble, which is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world. The 2017 High School Honors Performance Series will feature the following distinguished ensembles: Honors Band, Honors String Orchestra, Honors Symphony Orchestra, Honors Concert Choir, and Honors Women’s Choir.
The students auditioned early this fall for the Honors Performance Series and were accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in their application and audition recording. The academy singers will join other performers from across the United States, Guam, two Canadian provinces, and a number of foreign countries for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.
According to Morgan Smith, program director, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 750 of the most talented student performers from around the world for the five Honors Ensembles. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience these musicians never forget”.
Finalists will come together in New York City for five days in February, where they will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned choral conductor, Dr. Edith Copley; attend a Broadway show; tour landmarks such as Rockefeller Plaza Top of the Rock, Wall Street, the National 9/11 Memorial, and the Empire State building; and the Honors Choral Performance and Honors Instrumental Performance on Sunday, Feb. 5.
The performances are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior through the Carnegie Hall box office.
The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in Carnegie Hall.