A junior at Marian High School has been selected from among thousands of young musicians to participate in the highly competitive 2014 High School Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.
Violinist Brooklynn Venteicher will join other high school performers from across North America and select schools internationally to play in a 100-member high school orchestra on Feb. 9. The series also includes band and choir performances.
Brooklynn started playing violin in fifth grade. A cousin had started before her. But being the youngest of seven children, a violin wasn’t high in the family’s budget. So her uncle bought her first violin.
“It’s a different way of expressing yourself,” she said.
Brooklynn takes private lessons and performs with the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra’s Youth Symphony. She’s also in strings class at Marian. Her favorite composer is Tchaikovsky. The honors orchestra will perform one of his pieces at Carnegie Hall. There, the honors orchestra will be directed by maestro Jeffrey Grogan.
Brooklynn, however, isn’t planning to take a permanent place in a concert hall. Instead, she’s eying the surgical theater. She initially plans to major in violin performance in college, but she eventually wants to switch to pre-medicine and become a surgeon.
Meantime, Brooklynn, whose parents are Sue and Steve Venteicher, is collecting gently used musical instruments and accessories as part of a charity project called “Strengthening the Melody” that she started last spring to aid youngsters who may not be able to afford them. Those interested in donating can contact Marian at 402-571-2618.
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