BEAVERTON — It was a cold night in New York. But Hope Huang, a Valley Catholic senior and musician, didn’t mind the chill as she experienced a musician’s dream, performing at Carnegie Hall.
It was Huang’s first time in the Big Apple, and she was there to take part in a string orchestra at the Young Adult Honors Performance Series at one of the most famous venues in the world.
Though fascinated by the bright lights and the hundreds of people walking on the streets of Times Square, Huang kept focus as she prepared for what might be the biggest performance of her life.
“It was a life-changing experience,” Huang said about the five-day trip to New York.
She was one of 15 cellists selected for the 2017 High School Honors String Orchestra. She was the only student musician chosen from Oregon. The series convenes students to further their musical abilities, network with peers, work with renowned conductors, and ultimately take part in a Carnegie Hall performance.
“Performing at Carnegie Hall was mind-blowing,” Huang said.
It was sophomore year when Huang first appeared at the Oregon Music Education Association's All-State Orchestra performance. That same year, she was selected to perform at the National Association for Music Education All-Northwest Conference in Spokane. In her junior year, Huang was invited once again to perform at the All-State Conference.
Officials from the regional event nominated Huang to participate in the 2017 Young Adult Honors Performance Series.
Huang hopes to attend Princeton University to study civil engineering. She plans to bring her cello and her memories of Carnegie Hall.