Olivia Rupert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Lake Charles, LA – Jan. 27, 2020 – Olivia Rupert, a senior at St. Louis Catholic High School, has been selected for the 2020 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.   She will perform soprano next week with the National High School Honors Treble Choir. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

Rupert auditioned for the Honors Performance Series this past summer and was 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 her application and audition recording.

She has studied music for seven years and sings in her church band in addition to the St. Louis Catholic Concert Choir.  Rupert has achieved district choir honors for three years, LMEA women’s all-state choir as a junior, and she also will be playing a lead role as Miss Sherman in St. Louis Catholic’s upcoming production of FAME JR. in February.

Rupert said the audition for Carnegie Hall was a difficult but rewarding process.

“I was unsure about auditioning for this program, but I thought to myself I’d never know if I didn’t try,” Rupert said.  “For my audition I had to pick a song from Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics, Twenty-Four Italian Songs & Arias of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. I spent several weeks practicing my piece, and (Choir Director Colette Bulber Tanner) took time out of her summer and met with me several times to help me learn the music and record it. I thought that my audition was rough and wasn’t the best because it was recorded on my phone, but Mrs. Tanner was really encouraging throughout the whole process.”

Rupert will join performers from students from 47 United States, Guam, several provinces of Canada, Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Qatar and South Korea for a special performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

“I am looking forward to meeting other people who share in the same interests and talents as me and to seeing the city of New York,” Rupert said.  “This will be the farthest I have ever been from Lake Charles!  I’m going to start college at McNeese next year … I will always keep singing in my life in some way.”

The finalists will come together in New York City for five days in February. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other Finalists and get a taste of New York City. Two performances, an Honors Choral Performance and an Honors Instrumental Performance, will take place Sunday, February 2, and are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased through the Carnegie Hall box office.

“Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing,” said Matt Castrina, Vice President for the Honors Performance Series. “We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected over 600 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians never forget.”

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall. The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented by WorldStrides, the nation’s leading educational travel organization. Learn more at www.honorsperformance.org and www.worldstrides.com.

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Click here to read The American Press’ feature on Olivia from the Jan. 29 edition.