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LOA senior selected to perform at Carnegie Holiday

January 28, 2022 - 06:00
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  • LOA senior selected to perform at Carnegie Holiday
    Lucas Minton

Lucas Minton, a Senior at Lake Oconee Academy has been selected for the 2022 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Lucas, along with 250 other students from around the nation, will be singing tenor with the High School Honors Concert Choir. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

Lucas performed at the GMEA All-State Chorus Concert on Feb. 27, 2020. Later that year, Mrs. Amy Reber nominated Lucas for the Honors Performance Series. Lucas auditioned in 2021, and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. The program was delayed due to the pandemic, but will finally take place Feb. 6. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in Lucas’ application and audition recording.

Lucas has studied music for 10 years and is a member of Oconee Performing Arts Society Youth Chorus. Lucas’ musical accomplishments include: 10 years of piano; four years French Horn and Trumpet with Lake Oconee Academy MS Band & Jazz Band; five years acoustic guitar; four years electric guitar; vocal solos and ensemble performances in six musical theater productions at LOA and in the community. Lucas plays guitar, keyboard, and sings weekly at Lakepoint Church in both the Youth and Adult Services. Lucas is currently the only student at LOA taking an AP Music Theory Course for 2021-2022 with Instructor Amy Reber. He has been accepted at Belmont University where he hopes to attend in the Fall of 2022. When asked his thoughts on his acceptance in to the Honors Performance Series, Lucas said he is “excited and honored” to be selected into the choir and “to experience the weekend with other students who share my love of music”.

Lucas will join performers and students from 47 United States, Australia, Bermuda, China, Guam, and South Korea for a special performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

The finalists will come together in New York City for five days (02/03/22 - 02/07/22). They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other Finalists, and get a taste of New York City. An Honors Instrumental Performance will take place Saturday, February 5, and the Honors Choral Performance, respectively, on Sunday, February 6. Performances are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office at www.carnegiehall.org

“After having performances worldwide impacted for over a year, we are excited to be returning to the stage at Carnegie Hall. Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing,” said Marion Gomez, Program Director for the Honors Performance Series. “We processed nearly 10,000 nominations this year and have selected over 500 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 will never forget.”

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.