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KINGSBURG – Kingsburg High School music student Brianna Linder was chosen to perform in the High School Honors Symphony Orchestra Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.

Fresh from her Feb. 10 performance, Linder said she was impressed by the caliber of her fellow musicians.

Linder has studied music for seven years and has been a member of California All-State Music Education Conference for four years and Fresno Madera County Music Educators Association for six years. She is also currently a member of Youth Philharmonic in Fresno.

“I’m sure that 10 years from now I will look back on this experience and see how lucky I am to be able to be a part of this,” she said. “Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with how high of a level this group was at. It was definitely an unforgettable experience and I met a lot of amazing people.”

Kingsburg High music teacher Mike Schofield said he’s very proud of Linder’s dedication and that she is the only student from KHS to be selected for this honor.

“She’s a phenomenal musician who works very hard,” Schofield said of the first chair trumpet player. “Her dedication is exemplary. She has been accepted to the California All State Band four times and now is participating in the National Honor Orchestra. We’re very proud of her!”

Earlier this year, Linder auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Participation in one of the five honors ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

At the Carnegie, she was joined performers from 46 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, several provinces of Canada, Australia, Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Poland, Qatar and South Korea for the special performance.

Program Director Morgan Smith said her acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording.

“Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing,” Smith said. “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.”

Finalists came together in New York City for five days in February and were given an opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, 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. The Honors Performance Series is presented by WorldStrides, the nation’s leading educational travel organization.

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