Lawrenceburg Teen Will Perform At Famed Carnegie Hall

Posted On March 14, 2014

Provided by Elizabeth Beiersdorfer

Laura Wilson provided

Laura Wilson

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Laura Wilson, an Honors distance learning student attending Indiana University High School, was selected for the 2014 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Laura is the daughter of Buddy & Linda Wilson, of Lawrenceburg.  Laura performed at Carnegie Hall in February 2014 with the Honors Band as first percussionist.  Participation in Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across North America and select schools internationally.

Laura auditioned in the fall of 2013 for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board.  Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording.  Laura joined other performers from the United States, Canada, and select international schools for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

According to Morgan Smith, Program Director, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We process thousands of 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”.

Laura Wilson studies percussion with Richard Jensen of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, David Fishlock of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and studies piano, voice, and music theory with Elizabeth Beiersdorfer, local music professional. She was selected for participation in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra for  this season, and also for two years in the CSYO Concert Orchestra.  Recently, Laura was elected for the second year to participate in the Northern Kentucky University Tri-State Band Symposium as a top percussionist. In 2013, she was selected to participate in Indiana All-State Honors Band. Laura has participated in the Indiana School State Music Association’s Solo and Ensemble contest for several years in the highest difficulty level, receiving Gold medals, in marimba, snare drum, and drumset. In addition to her musical achievements, Laura is an honor student academically.  She attended the Lawrenceburg Community School System from Kindergarten through eighth grade; continuing her education at Oldenburg Academy Freshman and Sophomore years with 11 years of perfect attendance.

Richard Jensen, Associate Principal of Percussion and Timpani, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra(CSO) says “Laura is a joy to have as a student. She brings to each lesson a strong work ethic, a keen focus and a love of making music.” William C. White, Assistant Conductor, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and CSYO Director remarks “I congratulate Laura on this significant and well-deserved accomplishment.” Mr. David Fishlock, Principal-Percussion, CSO, shared “Laura is very accomplished in all areas of percussion and, if she continues to work hard, I have every confidence she will enjoy a successful career in music.”

“It was not a surprise to me to hear that she was selected for the prestigious High School Honors Band at Carnegie Hall.” Dale Swisher, Director CSYO Concert Orchestra.

Finalists came together for five days in February 2014 in New York City to have the opportunity to learn from Craig Kirchhoff, Professor of Conducting and Director of University Bands at the University of Minnesota.  The performance, Sunday, February 9, was open to the public and specially invited representatives from collegiate music programs.

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall. Learn more by visiting www.honorsperformance.org.


Laura was sponsored by B & W Motors of Lawrenceburg, Indiana