Laura Wilson, an honors distance learning student attending Indiana University High School, was selected for the 2014 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, according to music teacher Elizabeth Beiersdorfer.
The daughter of Buddy and Linda Wilson, Lawrenceburg, performed there in February with the Honors Band as first percussionist. Participation in Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across North America and select schools internationally.
Wilson auditioned in fall 2013 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 joined other performers from the United States, Canada and select international schools for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.
Program director Morgan Smith said, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We process thousands of nominations annually, selecting only the most talented performers applying on an international level. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these student musicians never forget”.
Wilson studies percussion with Richard Jensen and David Fishlock of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and studies piano, voice and music theory with Beiersdorfer, a local music professional.
She was selected for participation in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra for this season and also for two years in the CSYO Concert Orchestra. Recently, the young lady was elected for the second year to participate in the Northern Kentucky University Tri-State Band Symposium as a top percussionist. In 2013, she participated in Indiana All-State Honors Band. She has also participated in the Indiana School State Music Association’s Solo and Ensemble contest for several years in the highest difficulty level, receiving gold medals in marimba, snare drum and drumset.
In addition to her musical achievements, Wilson is an honor student academically. She attended the Lawrenceburg Community School System from kindergarten through eighth grade, continuing her education at Oldenburg Academy freshman and sophomore years with 11 years of perfect attendance.
Jensen noted, “Laura is a joy to have as a student. She brings to each lesson a strong work ethic, a keen focus and a love of making music.”