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NLS student selected for June choir performance at Carnegie Hall

Ava Hanson

NEW LONDON — Ava Hanson, a student at New London-Spicer Middle School, has been selected for the 2017 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will perform at Carnegie Hall in June with the Honors Junior Choir. Participation in the choir is limited to the highest-rated middle school performers from across North America and select schools internationally.

Ava auditioned this fall and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance is based on talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording.

Ava will join other performers from 43 United States, several provinces of Canada, Australia and Taiwan.

Nancy Richardson, program director for the Honors Performance Series, said in a news release, "Being selected ... is something each junior finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We process thousands of nominations annually, selecting only the most talented performers. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these student musicians never forget."

Junior finalists will come together for five days in June in New York City to have the opportunity to learn from conductor Greg Gilpin, work with other junior finalists, and get a taste of New York City.

The June 25 performance is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.

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