Most Culver Academies students will be heading home for long weekend, but seven left early Thursday morning for New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall.
They will be participating in the 2019 High School Honors Performance Series. Making the trip are choral members include Lauren Donsbach ’20 (Schereville, Ohio) and Regina Quintana ’20 (Mexico City), along with Paige Prikkel ‘ 19 (Dayton, Ohio) and Matthew Dwyer ’20 (Huffington Scholar/Monee, Ill.), who are repeat performers. Yuan Gong ’19 (Harbin, China), Noah Tan ’21 (Stevensville, Mich.), and Rudy Zhang ’21 (Beijing) were selected as instrumentalists. Yulum Wu ’20 (Shanghai, China) was ill and unable to make the trip.
The group represents a record number of selections for Culver. The students auditioned earlier this 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.
Finalists come from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and seven other countries. They rehearse with renowned conductors leading up to the group performance at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. While in New York, the group will also take a tour of the city’s landmarks and see a Broadway show as part of their experience.
Last weekend, 11 Culver singers participated in Group I Division at the district Indiana State School Music Association district contest at Plymouth High school. Nine of the students received gold medals and the remaining two received silver.
A gold rating allows a student to participate at the state competition in Indianapolis. Representing Culver will be Donsbach, Quintana, Dwyer, Alexis Allen ’21 (Canton, Ga.), Erin Anderson ’19 (Elmhurst, Ill.), Angel Bao ’21 (Beijing), Jilei Bu ’21 (Zhengzhou, China), Simon Hayes ’20 (New York), and Sophia Oeschger ’22 (Falls Church, Va.), who received a perfect score.
Madeline Petrucelli ’20 (Plymouth, Ind.) and Aidan Mahoney ’21 (Cumming, Ga.) received silver medals.
Setting records for the number of participants and achievement, 54 instrumental music students participated in the ISSMA’s district competition on Jan. 26.
After the competition, there were 21 state qualifying soloists and six qualifying ensembles. Seven received perfect scores. Culver students also earned 69 gold medals and silver medals.
It is the highest number of state qualifying soloists Culver has produced. They will now head to Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 23, for the state competition.