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(Story submitted by the Kelso Family)
Mason Kelso, a Junior at Eudora High School, was selected to participate in Carnegie Hall’s High School Honors Series February 7 – 11, 2013. The American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall challenges elite students to perform at their very best. Students rehearse and perform under master conductors and have the opportunity to perform before invited representatives from collegiate and professional music programs. Though much of the student’s time is focused on performance preparation, the week also allows students to experience the best of the sights and the performance arts in New York City.
Kelso’s name was given to the Honors Series as a potential candidate after making All State Choir in 2012. From there, Kelso had to submit several selections of music to audition for the Honors Series group. His audition was sent in and he discovered in late October that he had been accepted into the program, which consisted of students from all 50 states, several Canadian provinces along with international students from the Middle East and Asia.
While there, he was able to enjoy the Broadway production of Wicked, explore Times Square along with the Top of the Rock and Rockefeller Plaza. He had an unexpected experience as well – the East Coast Nor’easter, which hit on Friday, February 8. Snow fell at a rate of an inch to two inches an hour for an accumulation of well over 18 inches.