2 local students to perform at Carnegie Hall

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Senior Kyle Hitchcock and Freshman Mackenzie Taylor, students at Davis High School, have been selected for the 2014 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.

They will perform at Carnegie Hall in February 2014 with the National Honors Choir. Participation is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across North America and select schools internationally.

Kyle and Mackenzie auditioned this fall for the Honors Performance Series and were accepted out of thousands of students after a review by the Honors Selection Board and the only two students from Washington State.

Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in their application and audition recording.

They 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.

According to Morgan Smith, Program Director, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. 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."

Kyle and Mackenzie study private music with Debra Hardy and also are very involved with Davis High School Choirs with Shannon Ruiz.

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

The Sunday, February 9, performance is open to the public and specially invited representatives from collegiate music programs.