Runnels School eighth-graders Alex Acosta and Sean Parker were selected to perform at Carnegie Hall this summer.
As junior finalists in the 2014 Middle School Honors Performance Series June 28 at Carnegie Hall, Alex will play the viola and Sean, the cello, with the Middle School Honors Performance Orchestra in the historic New York concert.
Alex and Sean were nominated for the Carnegie Hall honors program by their strings teachers at Runnels, Dan and Jennifer Cassin. As part of the application process, each student was required to submit a musical résumé and an audition recording.
Sean’s music experience includes five years in the strings program at Runnels and seven years of piano lessons. In addition, he performed with the Louisiana Junior Strings Ensemble for one year and was a member of the Louisiana Junior Youth Orchestra for three years. On his audition recording, he performed Courante Cello Suite No. 1 by Bach and Arcangelo Corelli’s Sonata in D Minor.
Alex’s musical experience includes five years in the strings program at Runnels, plus three years of private violin lessons. He has been a member of the Louisiana Junior Youth Orchestra since 2011. For his audition, Alex played “Allegro Brillante” by W. Ten Have.
Both boys have performed with the Runnels String Orchestra since fourth grade.
The Carnegie Hall program, which is open to students in sixth through eighth grades in the U.S., Canada and some international schools, brings together accomplished young musicians for four days in New York to rehearse for and perform a concert in Carnegie Hall under the direction of a guest conductor.
Though Alex and Sean will spend much of their time in rehearsal, they are scheduled to attend a Broadway show and visit Central Park, along with a few museums.
Sean said he is excited about visiting the Museum of Natural History.
Both of the boys’ families said they plan to be in the audience on June 28 for the performance. Alex is the son of Laura and Dr. Jay Acosta, and Sean is the son of Robert Parker and Dr. Wendy Holden-Parker.