Four members of the Culver Academies choir and two members of the orchestra are traveling to New York City to participate in the High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall now through Feb. 2.
Lexi Allen ’21 (Canton, Ga.) is performing with the treble choir, while Regina Quintana Bravo ’20 (Mexico City), Leo Bu ’20 (Zhengzhou, China), and Ryan Wu ’22 (Shenzhen, China) will be part of the concert choir. Tubist Gretchen Isom ’20 (Plymouth, Indiana) is playing with the concert band and Mitch Lafferty ’21 (Carmel, Indiana) is one of just three trumpeters nationwide selected for the symphonic orchestra. This is the first year members of the Culver brass have been selected.
The students auditioned last fall and were accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance is directly related to the student’s talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in their application and audition submission.
They left for New York this morning and will begin rehearsals on Friday. That evening they will attend one of the selected Broadway shows. Saturday begins with morning and afternoon rehearsals, followed by either sightseeing or a finalist celebration, depending on their ensemble assignments. Sunday will start with a final rehearsal in the morning, followed by the performances and a finalist celebration or sightseeing. They will return to Culver on Monday.
The rehearsals and performances will be run by master conductors, including Dr. Tim Seelig, Dr. Jeffery Redding, Douglas Droste, and Angela Woo. The performances will be conducted at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.
This is the 13th year Culver students have participated in the Carnegie series. Music instructor David Weirich is traveling with the group.