Outstanding Local High School Students Selected to Perform at Carnegie Hall

For Information contact: Kris Chavez 913-579-4696, kriskc1969@yahoo.com Dr. Sheppard at Olathe South High School, 913-780-7160, csheppardos@olatheschools.org

Olathe, KS – 1/5/14 – Christopher Chavez and Veronica Wood, students at Olathe South High School, have been selected for the 2014 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. They will perform at Carnegie Hall in February 2014 with the Honors Choir. Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across North America and select schools internationally.
Christopher and Veronica auditioned 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 applications and audition recordings. Christopher and Veronica will join other performers from the United States, Canada, and select international schools 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 process thousands of nominations annually, selecting only the most talented performers applying on an international level. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these student musicians never forget”. Christopher and Veronica study music under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Sheppard at Olathe South. Christopher is a member of Southside and Veronica is a member of the Chorale. Additionally, they both are very active in the theater program at Olathe South. Olathe South has had students selected for this program the last 3 years and Dr. Sheppard has accompanied the students as an Honors Chaperone. This will be Christopher's second year attending this program and Dr. Sheppard's third year. Finalists will come together for five days in February 2014 in New York City to have the opportunity to learn from Conductor Lynne Gackle, work with other Finalists, and get a taste of New York City. The Sunday, February 9, performance is open to the public and specially invited representatives from collegiate music programs. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office at www.carnegiehall.org/boxoffice. 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 the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall. Learn more by visiting www.honorsperformance.org The cost of the program is $1675 per student, plus transportation to and from New York City. Donations to help fund this adventure would be greatly appreciated. For more information or to make a donation please contact: Kris Chavez at 913-579-4696, kriskc1969@yahoo.com or Dr. Sheppard at Olathe South High School, 913-780-7160, csheppardos@olatheschools.org

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