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Musicians chosen for elite performance at Carnegie Hall

Four members of the Pleasant Lea Middle School Eighth Grade Orchestra have been selected to perform June 25 at Carnegie Hall in New York City, where they will play with some of the best middle school musicians from around the word and learn from renowned conductors.

Cara Cha (viola), Fiona Martin (cello), Katelyn Johnson (cello) and Sophia Hoffman (violin) were selected as junior finalists through a competitive audition for the 2017 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. They will perform with the Junior Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

Junior finalists for the Honors Performance Series include students from 43 states, Canada, Australia and Taiwan.

The Pleasant Lea Middle School students were nominated by their orchestra teacher, Adrienne Worstell, based on their leadership in class. They are the only students selected this year from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

A guest conductor will be newly retired Lee’s Summit R-7 music teacher Kirt Mosier. Before his retirement in May, Mosier was orchestra director at Lee’s Summit West High School.