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Local High School Student Chosen to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Ariana Jade
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Ariana Goddard, a student attending Sarcoxie High School, was recently selected to participate in Carnegie Hall’s 2014 High School Honors Performance Series. As KSMU’s Julie Greene reports, Goddard beat out thousands of applicants from around the world to win a spot in this prestigious program.

Goddard will perform as part of the program’s Honors Choir as a Soprano 1 in the 5-day series beginning in February.

“I was in shock. It was really exciting because 10,000 musicians were nominated, and only 300 vocalists were chosen to perform,” Goddard said.

While there, she will perform alongside other vocalists under the direction of famed conductor and current professor at Baylor University’s School of Music, Dr. Lynne Gackle.

After being nominated by her band and choir directors and undergoing review by a board of music professionals, Goddard was accepted into the program.   

“I’m just really excited because it provides a once in a lifetime opportunity. I get to go see the Broadway show Wicked, and I get to work with world-renowned conductors…It will also be my first time flying in an airplane,” Goddard said.

Carnegie’s High School Honors Performance Series is designed to showcase today’s most gifted student performers and give them the opportunity to study under well-known music professionals.

Aside from vocal performance, Goddard plays several instruments including piano, alto saxophone and clarinet. She is also actively involved in her school’s music program: being a member in Sarcoxie’s jazz, concert, pep and marching band, which she is currently serving as drum major.

After high school, Goddard is planning on pursuing a degree in music performance or music education.

In order for Goddard to make it to Carnegie Hall, she must raise at least $4,000, and currently, she still has ways to go. To support her trip, you can visit her website www.arianajade.org to make a donation.

For KSMU News, I’m Julie Greene.