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Local student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Gavin Speakman

Gavin Speakman, a student at Star Valley High School has been selected for the 2014 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.

He will perform at Carnegie Hall in February 2014 with the Honors Band as a Tuba player.  Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across North America and select schools internationally.
Speakman auditioned this fall 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 his application and audition recording.  Speakman will join other performers from the United States, Canada, and select international schools 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 Morgan Smith, program director. “We process thousands of nominations annually, selecting only the most talented performers applying on an international level.  Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these student musicians never forget.”

Speakman studies music with Kurt Sand and is a member of Star Valley Jazz Band, and Star Valley Concert Band. Additionally, he is active in Tuba Christmas; he was selected for All State Concert Band, All State Jazz Band and is part of the Wyoming All State Marching Band.

Finalists will come together for five days in February 2014 in New York City to have the opportunity to learn from Craig Kirchhoff, work with other Finalists, and get a taste of New York City.

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.

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