Two students from Catskill High School have been selected for the 2024 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Madison Mudge (11th grade) and Molly Osswald (12th grade) will perform vocally in February. Osswald will perform with the Mixed Choir under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Ames from Belmont University, and Mudge will perform with the Treble Choir under the direction of Matthew Brady from the University of Miami. Participation in these Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world. This is the second year that both students have been selected to participate in this program. Last year, both girls performed with the Treble Choir.
Osswald and Mudge are currently members of the Catskill High School Concert Chorus and the Treblaires, under the direction of Catskill High School choral teacher Michelle Storrs-Ryan. Both students have participated and received high marks at the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Solo Festival. Additionally, they have participated in the Greene County Music Educators Association All-County Festivals. These students are also well-known on the Catskill High School Auditorium stage from their participation in their school’s musical productions. Their passion for music is evident in their activities in school both during and after the school day.
These students auditioned for the Honors Performance Series during the Summer of 2023 and were accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group of finalists is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in their application and audition recording.
Mudge and Osswald will join student performers from around the United State and all over the world 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 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 Saturday, February 10, and are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased 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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