24 Jan 2018

Senior Gabriel Keowen To Perform at Carnegie Hall

CHS senior Gabriel Keowen has been selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Keowen, who plays oboe, will perform in February with the Honors Concert Band. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from around the world.

Keowen auditioned last year for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. He will join other performers from all 50 United States plus the District of Columbia, Guam, six Canadian provinces, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar, South Korea, and the United Kingdom for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

“Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing,” said Program Director Morgan Smith. “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”.

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. Two performances, an Honors Choral Performance, and an Honors Instrumental Performance, will take place Sunday, February 4, and are open to the public.

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 this celebrated venue.