A New Iberia resident recently received one of the highest honors a musician can get - the chance to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. And she's only in 10th grade.
Isabelle Berry, a sophomore at New Iberia Senior High, was selected for the 2020 High School Honors Performance Series. She performed on February 2 with the Honors Treble Choir. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.
Isabelle auditioned for the series earlier this year and was recently accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board.
She has studied music for the past two years as a member of the NISH Chorus and Swarm Soundzz group. She has also performed as part of the District Honor Choir and in several local musicals.
"I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall. It was a once in a lifetime performance that I will always remember," said Isabelle of her selection.
Isabelle joined performers from 47 United States, Guam, Canada, Bermuda, and several other countries for a special performance at Carnegie Hall.
The finalists came together in New York City for five days this February, where they had the chance to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other finalists, and get a taste of New York City. Two performances took place Sunday, February 2.
Photo courtesy Heath Hulin
"Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing," said Matt Castrina, Vice President for the Honors Performance Series. "We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected over 600 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."