Musicians Perform at Grand Ole Opry

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Cameron Carrella, Kimberly Sabio and Andrew Wee performed at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. in October with the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles, which represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. They are the first LVHS students ever to receive this national recognition.

Cameron, Kimberly and Andrew were first selected into the 2013-2014 All-State Festival and endorsed by the ensemble director in order to be considered for the All-National ensembles. They are all active members of the high school music department.

Cameron has played in the Gemini Youth Orchestra and Adelphi Preparatory Band, as well as performed with the All-County Jazz Band and All-State Jazz Ensemble. He is currently in a private jazz band and plans to study jazz theory and performance in college.

Kimberly attends the Juilliard Pre-College Division, where she studies with David Krauss of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and serves as principal trumpet in both the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and the Long Island Youth Orchestra. She was also selected as principal trumpet for the 2013 All-State Orchestra. Kimberly attended the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Orchestral Studies in the summer of 2013, and has attended the Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University for the past five years.

Andrew began violin lessons at the age of 4, won second prize in the 10th YWCA New York Music Competition, and performed at Carnegie Weill Hall at the age of 9. He entered the Juilliard Pre-College Division when he was only 12. He won first place in the TOBAC Talent Competition, third place in the 7th Annual LISMA International Competition, and has performed at Flushing Town Hall in the Rising Star Concert. Additionally, he was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in the Young Musicians’ Benefit Concert for Young Artists. He was chosen to perform at Alice Tully Hall for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Festival.