Dover-area student selected to sing at Carnegie Hall


A Dover-area student will fill Carnegie Hall with his tenor tones alongside other elite student-musicians this winter as part of the 2016 High School Honors Performance Series.

Ian Snyder, 15, decided to submit his audition application after receiving encouragement from his vocal instructor. The prestigious program culminates in a performance featuring students from all over the U.S., Guam, several Canadian provinces and several other countries.

"This is a blessing for which I am very grateful. I truly believe that if you try your best, you won't always win, but you'll never lose," Ian said. "I look forward to working with other musical students from around the world as well as world-renowned conductors and composers."

Ian has studied piano for eight years and is a member of Sommer Garner's Voice Studio in York.

For the past three years, he has performed with the York County Junior Honors Choir and is a member of the select group Synergy.

He was recently seen on the Fulton Opera House's stage as an ensemble member in its production of "The Wizard of Oz."

He's a sophomore in PA Virtual cyber school.

Performance series: The selected students will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform under master conductors and perform for representatives from collegiate and professional music programs.

And while much of the students' time will be focused on performance preparation, the weeklong program will allow participants to enjoy the sights and experience the performing arts community in New York City.

"Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing," said program director Morgan Smith in a news release. "We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 750 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 performances include an Honors Choral Performance — in which Ian will perform as first tenor — and an Honors Instrumental Performance.

The performances will be held Sunday, Feb. 7.

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