GLENDALE - The Nicolet High School Orchestra will play Carnegie Hall in New York City this week as part of an exclusive international music festival.
The opportunity to play the famed music venue resulted from their gold-rated performance in May 2016 at the Heritage World Series International Music Festival at Universal Studios in Orlando. In addition to receiving a gold rating, the orchestra was also named "best orchestra" at the festival and won the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall.
“Musicians of all ages dream of performing on the famous stage at Carnegie Hall. This is a remarkable opportunity for these students and it is a testament to the commitment they have made to their craft,” said orchestra conductor Jamin Hoffman. “We appreciate all of the ways our community has supported our efforts to make this dream a reality.”
While in New York City, the students will attend a Broadway show, visit the Statue of Liberty and attend a workshop with InterSchool Orchestras of New York Artistic Director Jeffrey Grogan. Grogan works with school music programs and festivals in his role at InterSchool Orchestras, a non-profit that provides seven youth orchestras and a band for school children in New York City to gain experience of ensemble playing.
Nicolet orchestra students helped raise the majority of the funds needed to make the trip to New York City through a GoFundMe page, as well as through various fundraisers at the school. The Nicolet High School Foundation is also helping to underwrite the cost of the trip.