Briarcliff Students Perform At Carnegie Hall

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Three Briarcliff High School students got the chance to perform at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 9. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students Matthew Bombassei, Gregory Goldberg and Edwin Zhou performed at Carnegie Hall with the 2014 High School Honors Performance Band. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. -- Three Briarcliff High School students got the chance to perform at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 9. 

Students Matthew Bombassei, Gregory Goldberg and Edwin Zhou performed at Carnegie Hall with the 2014 High School Honors Performance Band. Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across North America and select schools internationally.

The three students are members of the Briarcliff High School Concert Band under the direction of Delia Montenegro. The students auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and were accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board.

"Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in their application and audition recording," representatives said. The Briarcliff students joined 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.

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

Finalists came together for five days earlier this month in New York City to have the opportunity to learn from Conductor Craig Kirchhoff and work with other finalists. 

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