Local high school student selected to perform at Carnegie Hall

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Rachael Levine, a Junior at Lusher Charter High School, has been selected for the 2016 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Rachael, a cellist, will perform during Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season in February with the Honors Symphony Orchestra. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

In June 2015, Rachael auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. She will join other performers from the United States, Guam, four Canadian provinces, and a number of foreign countries for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue seen as a pinnacle of musical achievement.

According to Program Director Morgan Smith, the Honors Performance Series “processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 750 of the most talented student performers from around the world”.

Rachael is a member of the Lusher Charter High School Strings Orchestra, The Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO), and The New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra (NOVO). Rachael has been accepted into the LMEA All-State Orchestra the past 3 years. In response to her selection as a Finalist, Rachael said, “I felt amazed. I was in shock. I may have been in a cast , but that didn’t stop me from running around with excitement. What an amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to be there and work with the conductor, Jeffrey Grogan.”

Finalists will come together in New York City for five days in early February 2016. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors and work with other finalists in New York City. Two performances, an Honors Choral Performance and an Honors Instrumental Performance will take place Sunday, February 7, and are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to each performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.

Learn more about The Honors Performance Series at honorsperformance.org.

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