By Amanda Foust
Carmel High School Symphony Orchestra has received a crowning achievement by being invited to perform at The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference in Chicago. This is the largest music conference of its kind with a focus on education trends in music. This event includes more than 17,000 attendees from all states and more than 30 countries.
In order to participate in this event, there is a rigorous application process that includes the reviewing of an orchestra performance recording. The application committee goes through all the applications and consists of the most notable teachers and conductors in the country.
“Carmel High School Orchestra will be one of only four full symphony orchestras in the nation that have been invited to perform at this year’s conference,” said Soo Han, department chairman and director of orchestras.
Not only has the Carmel Orchestra received this honor, but they also were given the opportunity to perform at Midwest with internationally renowned cellist Lynn Harrell.
“Lynn Harrell is undoubtedly one of the foremost cellists in the world today, having performed with every major orchestra around the world and producing several recordings with major labels,” Han said.
Han spent this summer dreaming of creative ways to make his students’ performance even more incredible. He reached out to Harrell and unexpectedly received a very positive response and an agreement to perform alongside the Carmel Orchestra at this event.
“Harrell called out of the blue stating that he was very inspired by the Carmel Orchestra students’ playing and agreed to solo with the kids,” Han said.
The showcasing of these amazing students at this international performance in Chicago will be a once in a lifetime opportunity that the orchestra will cherish for a lifetime.
“We are grateful for the support that we have received from the community to make this possible including several local businesses and the Carmel Education Foundation,” Han said. “We are honored to be representing our school, our Performing Arts Department and our community.”
The Carmel Orchestra is hosting a Midwest Preview Concert that will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Carmel High School’s Dale E. Grahm Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance at www.ticketracker.com/. Students will then perform at the Midwest Clinic at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 20 at the McCormick Convention Center in Chicago.