Jackson Student to Perform at Carnegie Hall

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JACKSON-Katrina Zangrillo, a student at Jackson Memorial High School has been selected for the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will perform as a Soprano one in February with the Concert Choir Honors Ensemble. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

Earlier this year, Katrina Zangrillo 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. Katrina will join 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”.

Katrina has studied music for six years and is a member of Concert Choir, A Capella, and Tri-M, at JMHS and is also part of the Saint Aloysius choir. She has participated in the spring musicals at JMHS for the past three years. She has decided to pursue musical theater as a career.  She also is active in the study of piano, acting and dance classes. She loves taking workshops at Sweet Music Academy and Count Basie Theater. In response to her selection as a Finalist, Katrina said, “Never in my wildest dreams would I have envisioned myself to be considered for a momentous and impacting honor such as this. Words cannot express how jubilated I feel. To all my fellow contenders, I cannot wait to be united with you to not only create beautiful music, but hopefully form great friendships”.

Finalists will come together in New York City for five days in February 2017. They will have 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, will take place Sunday, February 5, and are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.

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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. The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented by WorldStrides, the nation’s leading educational travel organization. Learn more by visiting www.honorsperformance.org and www.worldstrides.com.

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