Eight Culver music students have been selected to perform at the 2019 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in February, and another has been named an alternate.
Participating choral members include Lauren Donsbach ’20 (Schereville, Ohio), Regina Quintana ’20 (Mexico City), Ethan Holder ’21 (Indianapolis), along Paige Prikkel ‘ 19 (Dayton, Ohio) and Matthew Dwyer ’20 (Monee, Ill.), who are making their second trip. Jack Gong ’19 (Harbin, China), Noah Tan ’21 (Stevensville, Mich.), Yulum Wu ’20 (Sanghai, China) and Rudy Zhang ’21 (Beijing) were selected as instrumentalists. Joseph Chandler ’21 (Indianapolis) has been named a first runner-up.
The group represents a record number of selections for Culver at Carnegie. 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 were selected from 49 states, the District of Columbia, three provinces in Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, South Korea and Venezuela. Prikkel has also been selected to perform with the High School Honors Choir going to the Sydney Opera House in Australia during the summer.
The students will travel to New York City for several days of rehearsals with renowned conductors leading up to the group performance at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Along with the time spent in rehearsals, the students will be networking with peers and experiencing the sights and performance arts, including a Broadway show, as important parts of the experience.