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Carnegie-bound students rehearse before school May 25 with Homer Junior High School choral director Diane Pullara.
For Immediate Release:
May 25, 2016
Homer Junior High students prepare for performance at Carnegie Hall
As the school year winds down, 13 Homer Junior High School students are kicking into high gear as they prepare for a performance at Carnegie Hall.
The students, who were selected to join an elite group of musicians from around the world, will be performing at Carnegie Hall in late June.
“This is quite an honor,” said Homer Junior High choral director Diane Pullara who nominated the students and is now helping them prepare six pieces of music for the performance, including songs written in Arabic, Swahili, Hebrew and Spanish.
“It’s pretty rigorous music,” she said, making preparations intense.
More than 900 students auditioned for the Middle School Honors Performance Series early this year. Only about 400 were selected to participate, including 200 choir students, 105 band students and 105 orchestra students.
Among them were 14 Homer Junior High Show Choir students.
“I am so proud of these young musicians,” said Pullara. “Being able to perform and create music with other students at this elite level is so rewarding. Performing in Carnegie Hall is incredible! This will truly be an experience these young performers with never forget.”
While 14 Homer Junior High students were selected for the honor, only 13 are able to make the trip to New York. One student has a scheduling conflict, said Pullara.
In New York, students will attend several days of rehearsal with renowned music conductors and then perform what they’ve learned at Carnegie Hall.
“Carnegie Hall represents excellence in musical performance,” said Pullara, “making it the perfect venue for the Honors Performance Series to showcase its elite student performers.”
This is not the first time Homer Junior High Show Choir students have been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Last year, six students were selected for the honor and in 2014, the first year of the Middle School Honors Performance Series, two students were selected.
This year’s Middle School Honors Performance Series will be held June 22-26.
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