|Junior to Play Carnegie Hall|
|Written by Wendi M Patrick|
Nia Russell, a student at Savannah Christian Preparatory School, has been selected for the 2011 American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will be a part of the Honors Band as a Clarinetist (B-flat). Participation in the Honors Orchestra, Honors Band, and Honors Choir is limited to the highest rated high school performers across North America.
In the fall of this year, Nia recorded studio audition tracks, and based upon those recordings was accepted to the Honors Performance Series after a review by the Selection Board Committee. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording. On February 19th 2011, Nia will join other U.S. and Canadian performers for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.
Finalists will come together for five days in February 2011 in New York City to have the opportunity to study with Conductors, Dr. Eph Ehly, Dr. Charles Peltz and Jeffrey Grogan, work with other Finalists, and get a taste of New York City. During this week, finalist will participate in sightseeing tours of New York City, attend a Broadway show, tour the CBS Early Show studio and have a guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Saturday, February 19th, performance is available to the public and specially-invited representatives out of collegiate music programs.
Nia studies music under the direction of Mr. Lindy Sikes and is a member of the Savannah Christian Preparatory School Concert Band. The Savannah Christian Prep Concert Band performed in Orlando, Florida at the Heritage Music Festival earning a “Gold Rating” and “Best in Class” when they competed against nationwide bands. Mr. Sikes has several other competitions planed for Nia and this award winning group of musicians this spring. Mr. Sikes commented that, “Nia is a talented musician who adds so much to our marching band and concert band programs. I know that performing on this renowned stage will make Nia an even better musician and leader in our programs at Savannah Christian Prep.
Nia, who in addition to her musical pursuits, is involved in Habitat for Humanity and has participated in Duke TIP program, plans to become a music major. She is the daughter of Carl Stacey and Wonza Russell of Savannah GA.
When asked about how she feels about this accomplishment, Nia says, “I am looking forward to this opportunity. First and foremost, selection to this performance series provides the opportunity to share Christ with people I might not otherwise have the occasion to meet. This experience will also allow me to study with world-class musicians, conductors and other finalists and will help me to prepare for a career in music composition and performance.”
The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall.