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Students play Carnegie Hall

Five Charlotte Christian upper school students are savoring the thrill of performing at one of the country’s most celebrated musical venues: Carnegie Hall.

Lynn Putnam, left, Chad Damon, Sydney Weaver, Scott Ortlip and Alex Watkins were selected for the five-day American High School Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in early February after being nominated by Charlotte Christian’s music directors and submitting audition recordings. Chad and Lynn were selected for the Honors Performance Choir; Scott (trombone), Alex (percussion) and Sydney (clarinet) were selected for the Honors Performance Band.

“When you first step on to the stage, it takes a while to take it all in,” Alex said of the Feb. 10 performance. “The architecture is amazing. ... My most memorable experience in New York City was visiting the 9-11 Memorial at Ground Zero.”

Added Lynn: “We had 250 students in the honors choir, and it was amazing to perform with all of the other students from all over the United States who were just as excited about singing as me. The rehearsals were long, but we never got tired.”

Reid Creager

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