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HHS Student Selected for 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall

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Hartselle City Schools is thrilled to announce that Grace Friar, an eleventh grade student at Hartselle High School, was selected for the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York. She performed 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.

Earlier this year, Grace auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and was 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 her application and audition recording. Grace joined other performers from all 49 United States, Guam, two Canadian provinces, and a number of foreign countries 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 processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 750 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in- a-lifetime experience that these musicians never forget”.

Grace has studied music for 11 years and is a member of Hartselle Band Program. Grace has been a member of the Huntsville Youth Symphony where she has played violin and currently plays French horn. She is also a member of the Alabama All State Red Band. In response to her selection as a Finalist, Grace said, “The Honors Performance was one of the best experiences of her life.” Finalists came together in New York City for five days in February 2017. Students had the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other Finalists, and get a taste of New York City. Two performances, an Honors Choral Performance and an Honors Instrumental Performance, took place Sunday, February 5. 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.