Junior Clara Conatser was recently selected to participate in the Honors Performance Series (HPS). She was selected to play in the High School Honors Symphony Orchestra for their February 2020 concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She was also chosen to be in their High School Honors Band that will perform at Vienna’s Musikverein in the summer of 2020. Clara was sponsored by Mollie Pate, principal horn for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
This HPS was established to showcase talented young musicians in world-renowned locations. Students from across the world are nominated. Nominees are then invited to apply and must submit a completed application form, performer biography, and audition recording. Completed applications are reviewed by an expert board of music professionals. Selected musicians are assigned to ensembles of Mixed Choir, Treble Choir, Band, String Orchestra, and Full Orchestra.
Performers come together for several days of rehearsals with renowned conductors prior to performances. Angela Woo will conduct the 2020 High School Honors Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Steven D. Davis will conduct the 2020 High School Honors Band at Musikverein.
Clara is not the first student from St. Martin’s to be selected for the series. In 2012 Adler Hyatt ’14 participated in the HPS Carnegie Hall concert as a member of the Honors Choir. In 2014 Mya Carter ’15 and Abbey Sims ’16 sang as part of the choir. Madison Aucoin ’16 was selected for the choir at the 2015 performance.