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Cy Ranch bassoonist to perform at Carnegie Hall with honors band

Posted: Nov 10th, 2016 08:24

Cypress Ranch High School senior Paras Gupta was selected to the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in February 2017.
Cypress Ranch High School senior Paras Gupta was selected to the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in February 2017. 

Nov. 10, 2016—Cypress Ranch High School senior Paras Gupta has been selected for the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City in February 2017.

Gupta will play the bassoon with the Honors Band. Participation in one of the five Honors ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

Earlier this year, Gupta auditioned for the Honors Performance Series 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 his application and audition recording.

He will join other performers from all 49 United States, Guam, two Canadian provinces and a number of foreign countries for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

“Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing,” Morgan Smith, program director, said in a press 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.”

Gupta has studied music for seven years and is a member of the Cypress Ranch varsity band. He has received Region and Area awards in ninth through 11th grades. He was recently in the news for earning a perfect score of 36 on the ACT and is a National Merit Semifinalist and National AP Scholar.

“I love playing the bassoon. Hard work, combined with passion, has presented this unique opportunity to me,” said Gupta. He credits his success to music teacher Conrad Cornelison, a bassoonist with the Houston Grand Opera, and Rachel Roberman, band director at Hamilton Middle School, his first bassoon teacher and is still a coach and mentor.

Finalists will come together in New York City for five days in February 2017. 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, Feb. 5, and are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.

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 by visiting www.honorsperformance.org and www.worldstrides.com. 

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