Two music students from Colusa High School have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Senior, Thomas Critchfield and sophomore, Alec Schantz were of the few selected for this grand opportunity.
“It is a great experience, and very eye-opening of all the talent,” said Critchfield.
Critchfield is returning for his third performance at Carnegie Hall where he first performed as a sophomore.
“Last year when we finished playing a song we received a standing ovation,” said Critchfield, “It was an unexpected emotional moment.”
Critchfield will be playing the tenor saxophone.
Schantz is excited about his first experience at Carnegie Hall.
“I am looking forward to playing with people that play the same instrument,” said Schantz.
Schantz will be playing the clarinet.
The series runs from Feb. 19–23, with a final Honors Performance scheduled for Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
When not performing, Schantz and Critchfield look forward to touring New York City, seeing Broadway shows, and attending the 9/11 Memorial.
Both Schantz and Critchfield attend Colusa High School and attend the music class instructed by Michael Phenicie. Phenicie was recently awarded Teacher of the Year from the Northern California Band Directors Association.
After high school Critchfield hopes to attend college for a degree in engineering and minor in music. He commented that he is currently working on a scholarship that may allow him to have a double major.
Schantz would like to attend the Arts Institute and obtain a degree in audio engineering. Schantz commented that he chose the Arts Institute because they will help him find a job in his field after he graduates.
Schantz and Critchfield would like to thank the school band booster, ‘friends of music’, and the community for their support.
“We need to thank Mr. Phenicie for all of his help and support for staying many hours after school helping us,” said Critchfield.
“We would also like to thank our parents for being supportive of our endeavor,” said Schantz.
Good luck Thomas and Alec!