Canyon Crest Academy student plays at Carnegie Hall


Joo Seung Kim, a student at Canyon Crest Academy High School, was selected for the 2015 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. He performed Sunday, Feb. 22, on the B-flat clarinet at Carnegie Hall with the Honors Band.

Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across North America and select schools internationally.

A freshman, Joo Seung auditioned this fall for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. He joined performers from 49 states, several Canadian provinces, and several foreign countries for the performance.

“I think it is very exciting to be able to play in such a famous concert hall,” said Joo Seung before the performance, “and I believe that there will be a lot of talented students who will be able to create music alongside each other. I am honored to not only be chosen as a finalist in the Honors Performance Series, but to be given the chance to play at Carnegie Hall, a prestigious venue.”

According to Program Director Morgan Smith, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We process more than 10,000 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.”

Joo Seung studied music for four years and is a member of the Wind Symphony and Sinfonia Orchestra at the San Diego Youth Symphony. He participates in the Academy of Music and Art for Special Education — San Diego Chapter, the Young Musicians Concert to support the GEH Homeless Shelter, and is the clarinetist at KUMC of San Diego Church.

He was also a 2014 Showcase Program Concerto Competition Finalist at the San Diego Youth Symphony and performed in the California State Junior High School Honor Band in 2013 and 2014.