VHS trombonist performs at Carnegie Hall

By LYNETTE HAALAND, Four Points News

Noah Sabbavarapu, of Steiner Ranch, was selected for the 2022 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. The Vandegrift  sophomore performed trombone 1 in early February with the High School Honors Band.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform at the Carnegie Hall,” said Sabbavarapu, after he was selected as a finalist.

Acceptance to the elite honors group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in his application and audition recording.

“We processed nearly 10,000 nominations this year and have selected over 500 of the most talented student performers from around the world,” said Marion Gomez, program director for the Honors Performance Series.  

Sabbavarapu joined performers from students from 47 United States, Australia, Bermuda, China, Guam, and South Korea for a special performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

Sabbavarapu has studied music for five years and is a member of Vandegrift Wind Ensemble. He is also a two time, All State trombonist. 

The finalists gathered in New York City for five days in early February. They learned from world-renowned conductors, worked with other finalists, and got a taste of New York City. 

The Honors Instrumental Performance took place on February 5.

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall.  

“Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing,” Gomez said.