SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- The Music Conservatory of Westchester, a not-for-profit community music school in White Plains, recently had three of its students -- two from Scarsdale and one from White Plains -- perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
The March 1 concert was in recognition of their achievement in getting the highest marks on the school's music development program’s spring assessments.
The students, siblings Joanna and Joning Wang, of Scarsdale, and Catherine Stanton of White Plains, are 12, 7 and 12, respectively, and avid music enthusiasts. All said they were very excited for the opportunity to play on one of the world's greatest stages.
"I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall," said Stanton, a sixth-grader at Eastview Middle School who plays clarinet. "As I practiced, I grew confident. But as the concert date got closer, I got a bit nervous. I practiced twice every day though, and realized, 'I cannot mess this up as long as I stay focused.' The concert was a huge success and I was very happy with the way I did."
Needless to say mom Beth Stanton said she never expected her daughter to have the opportunity to enter Carnegie Hall through the stage door.
"There were so many amazing young musicians in the recital, and being able to perform there was a fantastic reward for the many hours of work they did preparing for their assessments," she said.
For information about The Music Conservatory of Westchester, now celebrating its 85th year, go here.
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