April 28, 2006
By Natalia Lavric
How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
For Jennifer Climer, a sophomore from Athens, and Joey Van Hassel, a senior from Westerville, Ohio, all the hours they've spent honing their talent are about to pay off; the two will be traveling to New York City this spring to perform in the National Wind Ensemble.
Chosen by juried auditions, the two undergraduate students will play as part of 75 of the country’s top collegiate musicians. The six-day program, beginning May 25, will conclude with a concert in Carnegie Hall, known worldwide as being a haven for professional musicians.
Van Hassel, a percussion performance major who has been playing for eleven years, will be performing with Climer, an instrumental music education and trombone performance double major who has been playing her trombone for ten years.
"I am extremely excited for the opportunity," Climer said. "Not only will it be exciting to play in Carnegie Hall, but to perform with other musicians who will push my playing capabilities to further my musical growth will be an exhilarating experience as well."
"It is a great honor to have been asked to play in perhaps the most famous concert hall in the United States," Van Hassel said. "I feel like my hard work as a student at Ohio University has paid off."
H. Robert Reynolds, widely celebrated and internationally known conductor, will be leading the group of musicians through five pieces of music, ranging from classical selections to a contemporary piece written by a student composer.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a well-deserved honor for these two outstanding musicians," said Meryl Mantione, director of the School of Music.
Natalia Lavric is a student writer at Communications and Marketing.