Brothers Francisco and Diego Ortiz, students at Creekside Middle School, have been selected for the 2017 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Diego will perform as a Clarinetist, and Francisco, who has participated in the program three times previously, will perform as a trumpeter, with the Honors Junior Band. Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest rated middle school performers from across North America and select schools internationally.

Both boys auditioned this fall for the Honors Performance Series and were accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in their applications and audition recordings. The brothers will join other performers from 43 United States, several provinces of Canada, Australia, and Taiwan.

According to Nancy Richardson, Program Director, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Junior Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We process thousands of nominations annually, selecting only the most talented performers. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these student musicians never forget”.

Francisco has studied music for 5 years and is a member of the Creekside Middle School (CMS) Concert Band, CMS Symphonic Band, CMS Jazz Band, the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Livermore Pleasanton Youth Outreach Symphony and the Bay Area Visiting Musicians. As a result of Francisco’s hard work and dedication, he has received multiple awards and honors. Francisco has received two “Superior” and a “Command Performance” ratings at the CMEA Solo Ensembles. He has played 1st Chair in the Stanislaus County Honors Band for the 3rd year in a row and was the only Patterson musician to play in the 2016 & 2017 All Northern California Junior High School Honors Bands. (He played 1st Chair in the NCBDA also).

Diego has studied music for 4 years and is a member of the Creekside Middle School (CMS) Concert Band, CMS Symphonic Band, CMS Orchestra, CMS Jazz Band, the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Livermore Pleasanton Youth Outreach Symphony, Tri Valley Clarinet Choir and the Bay Area Visiting Musicians. As a result of Diego’s hard work and dedication, he has received multiple awards and honors. Diego has received a “Superior” and two “Command Performance” ratings at the CMEA Solo Ensembles. He recently played 1st Chair in the Stanislaus County Honors Band.

Junior Finalists will come together for five days in June 2017 in New York City to have the opportunity to learn from Dr. Kenneth Ozzello, work with other Junior Finalists, and get a taste of New York City. The June performance is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for the boys’ trip, and they will be doing fundraising as well.

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school and middle school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall. The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented by WorldStrides, the nation’s leading educational travel organization. Learn more by visiting www.honorsperformance.org and www.worldstrides.com.

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