Outstanding Local High School Student Selected to Perform at Carnegie Hall

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Renee Victoria Gomez aka Tori, a student at St. Michaels Middle High School, has been selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will perform Soprano in February with the Honors Concert 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, Tori 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. Tori will join performers from 46 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, 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”.

Tori Gomez has studied music for 9 years and is a member of her school’s Chamber Choir. Concert Choir, All Eastern Shore Choir, Easton Choral Arts Society, Church Cantor, cast member of  Tarzan, The Nutcracker: A New Musical, Singing in the Rain, James and the Giant Peach, and All Shook Up. In response to her selection as a Finalist, Tori said, “I am very honored to be chosen for such a prestigious performance opportunity, especially considering that my wish is to pursue music as a career.”

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 10, 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. Learn more by visiting www.honorsperformance.org and www.worldstrides.com.

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