Simon Geiger-Schutz and Kaleb Krzyszton, both seniors at Cochrane-Fountain City High School, have been selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. They will perform in February with the Honors 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, Geiger-Schutz and Krzyszton auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and were 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 their applications and audition recordings. Geiger-Schutz and Krzyszton 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.
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.”
Geiger-Schutz is returning to Carnegie for his third consecutive year of performing with the high school honors choir.
He also was selected to perform with the Honors Series at the Sydney Opera House in Australia last year. Simon is the son of Brent and Julie Geiger-Schutz of Fountain City.
Krzyszton returns to Carnegie for his second time. He first performed as a freshman with the honors band and this year, as a senior, he will perform with the high school honors choir. Kaleb is the son of Marek and Kelli Krzyszton of Waumandee.
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 on 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 the celebrated venue.
Learn more by visiting www.honorsperformance.org and www.worldstrides.com.