Flushing High student selected as finalist for elite Honors Performance Series

FLUSHING – CarolAnn Lesnau, a student at Flushing High School, has been selected for the WorldStrides Honors Performance Series. She will perform Soprano 1 in February with the Honor 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, CarolAnn 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.

CarolAnn will join other performers from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam, six Canadian provinces, 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. We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 700 of the most talented student performers from across the world,” said Program Director Morgan Smith “Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these performers will never forget.”

CarolAnn has studied music for 4 years and is a member of Flushing High School’s A Capella Choir under Nathan Degner. She has competed in solo and ensemble since seventh grade, and has received four excellent ratings between three district events and one state event. In addition, she received a perfect score in sight reading at the state event.

Most recently, her musical group trio, made up of CarolAnn, Tayler Swartz and Madison Griffin, received a superior rating at MI-Fest in Grand Rapids.

“This is such a huge honor. I’m so happy to have been selected to study under such talented people. Without the support and dedication of my voice coach, Mr. Daniel Schmier, also of Flushing, I would not have had the confidence to try,” CarolAnn said.

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. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.

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. – S.T.

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