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Outstanding local high school students selected to perform at Sydney Opera House

From left are Amara Wilson, Caitlin Van Loan and Edward Donahue.
July 15, 2019 11:35 am

CATSKILL — Amara Wilson, Caitlin Van Loan and Edward Donahue, Class of 2019 graduates from Catskill High School, have been selected for the 2019 High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. They will perform in August with the Honors Mixed Chorus. Participation in this Honors Ensemble is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

During the summer of 2018, Wilson, Van Loan, and Donahue 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. These students will join other performers from 46 U.S. states, Guam, several provinces of Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Qatar, and South Korea for a special performance at the world-famous Sydney Opera House, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

Edward, Caitlin, and Amara all began their music studies in fourth grade beginning with chorus. Throughout the years, they have expanded their exposure to music. All three students, under the direction of Catskill choral teacher Michelle Storrs, participated in Concert Chorus in high school. In addition, Caitlin and Amara performed with the Treblaires, under the direction of Michelle Storrs. Each of the finalists performed at Carnegie Hall with the Honors Performance Series. Edward performed in February of 2016, Caitlin in February of 2017, and Amara in February of 2018. All finalists have participated locally in the Greene County Music Educators Association All-County Festivals. Caitlin and Edward have performed in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Zone 9 Area All-State. Additionally, Edward has participated in the NYSSMA All-State festival, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-Eastern festival, and the NAfME All-National festival.

Finalists will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other finalists, and get a taste of Sydney. The Honors Performance will take place Aug. 4, and is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased through the Sydney Opera House box office.