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RHS Students Selected to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Samuel Ochs and Jennifer PummellSamuel Ochs and Jennifer Pummell, students at Russell High School, have been selected for the 2019 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. They will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in February.

Ochs will sing with the Concert Choir and Pummell will sing with the Women's Choir. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

Earlier this year, Ochs and Pummell auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and were accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite groups is a direct result of the talent, dedication and achievements demonstrated in their applications and audition recordings.

They will join performers from 46 US states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and several provinces of Canada, Australia, Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Poland, Qatar and South Korea for a special performance at the 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 700 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."

Ochs and Pummell have participated in music throughout their high school years. They are members of the Madrigal Singers and have had major rolls in the musicals. Both have auditioned for and been selected for District and State Honor Choirs. They are both very excited about this fabulous opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall in February.

In order to take part in this opportunity, they each need to raise $1,875. If anyone would like to help them by sponsoring a portion of their trip and bring them that much closer to this once-in-a-lifetime experience, you may send your contribution to Samuel Ochs, 1035 N. Kilian, Russell, KS 67665 or Jennifer Pummell, 417 N. Ober, Russell, KS 67665.

Finalists will come together in New York City for five days in February. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other finalists and get a taste of New York City. 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.

(Information and photo courtesy Margo Ochs.)

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