PITTSBORO — As the old joke goes, how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.
Thus we have Abigail Sabrina Wright, a junior at Northwood High School, has been chosen to play bassoon in The International High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in February 2024. Sabrina's selection for this New York City event places her among the world's most talented young musicians.
The Honors Performance Series, which admits only the highest-rated youth performers globally, accepted Sabrina after an audition process overseen by the Honors Selection Board. She was nominated by Northwood's Director of Bands, Hagan Zoellers, himself an alumnus of the program.
Sabrina, who has been passionate about music since age 9, currently serves as the Low Reeds Section Leader in the Northwood Marching Charger Band. She began playing the bassoon only a year ago and quickly achieved first chair in the All District band. Sabrina also plans to play the oboe, Zoellers’ primary instrument, in the school's upcoming spring musical.
Her musical journey includes mastering various instruments, including violin, flute, multiple saxophones, french horn, trumpet, mandolin, guitar, and drums. Upon learning of her acceptance into the Honors Performance Series, Sabrina described it as a "life-altering moment."
Wright will join performers from the United States, Guam, the Virgin Islands, New Zealand, and Taiwan. The Carnegie Hall performance, a high point for any musician, is scheduled for February 10, 2024, with tickets available through the venue's box office 60 days in advance.
Marion Gomez, Music Director for the Honors Performance Series, highlighted the significance of the achievement, noting the selection of finalists from nearly 10,000 nominees.
The series aims to showcase talented student performers on an international level, offering them the chance to study under master conductors and perform in renowned venues.
Community members interested in supporting Sabrina's trip can contribute to fundraising efforts through the Northwood High School Arts Education Foundation at nhsaef.org.