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Over the 2019 Easter weekend, the Carolina Youth Symphony traveled to New York to perform in Carnegie Hall (Photo Courtesy of Ashlyn Athey).

Over the 2019 Easter weekend, the Carolina Youth Symphony traveled to New York to perform in Carnegie Hall (Photo Courtesy of Ashlyn Athey).

Over the 2019 Easter weekend, the Carolina Youth Symphony traveled to New York to perform in Carnegie Hall (Photo Courtesy of Ashlyn Athey).

Over the 2019 Easter weekend, the Carolina Youth Symphony traveled to New York to perform in Carnegie Hall (Photo Courtesy of Ashlyn Athey).

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  • During the Easter weekend of 2019, the Carolina Youth Symphony had the spectacular opportunity to travel to New York City and perform on one of the world’s most prestigious stages--Carnegie Hall (Photo Courtesy of Ashlyn Athey).

  • The Carolina Youth Symphony, an organization that had its beginnings in Greenville in 1955, brings together young musicians from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. The Symphony Orchestra of the Carolina Youth Symphony is invited to perform at Carnegie Hall once every three years, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants that began in 2001 (Photo Courtesy of Ashlyn Athey).

  • The home of the New York Philharmonic at the Lincoln Center is one of the many places the Carolina Youth Symphony was allowed to tour and is where renowned musicians, such as Leonard Bernstein, conducted (Photo Courtesy of Ashlyn Athey).

  • The Symphony Orchestra also had the chance to see a live performance of Disney’s Frozen on Broadway (Photo Courtesy of Eva Purcell).

  • “I have conducted nine times on the stage of Carnegie Hall, but seeing [the students’] faces when they walk on stage for the first time [never gets old]. Their sense of awe is inspiring to me. I thought the students were fabulous, mature, and first rate,” said Carolina Youth Symphony Symphony Orchestra conductor Dr. Les Hicken (Photo Courtesy of Ashlyn Athey).

  • As students stepped on Carnegie Hall for the first time, there was an insurmountable feeling of awe.“I saw all the gold accents and I literally asked the stage hand if it was real, and he said yes. I’m never going to get the chance to go to Carnegie again, but I can put this [wonderful achievement] on my resume,” said cellist Sophie Wall (Photo Courtesy of Ashlyn Athey).

  • What does it take to get to the prestigious Carnegie Hall? “Work really, really hard and focus on your craft. Find people who can help you get there. Have supportive friends who have the same goal as you,” said first violinist Julia Jacobsen (Photo Courtesy of Aviya Baluch).

  • “[My favorite part was] the concert because it went as well as it could have gone. Carnegie Hall is bigger than anything we have here [in Greenville], and it was very ornate. I learned that you can always reach a higher level of musicianship,” said assistant concertmaster Brinson Moore (Photo Courtesy of Ashlyn Athey).

  • For every aspiring or potential musician out there, the Carolina Youth Symphony Symphony Orchestra conductor has some helpful advice. “Take advantage of every opportunity to perform that you can. Sometimes we give up opportunities because we’re too busy, but you should take every opportunity,” said Hicken (Photo Courtesy of Ashlyn Athey).

  • Even though there may be difficult practice days, always remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel. “All the hard work pays off, even if it doesn’t feel like it in the moment. It’s all about reputation. As long as you’re kind and work hard, you’ll make it,” said first violinist Lancy Barnett (Photo Courtesy of Ashlyn Athey).

  • The Carolina Youth Symphony went on a cruise around New York Harbor to end a wonderful weekend filled with museum tours, extraordinary food, and a once-in-a-lifetime concert. Until next time, New York! (Photo Courtesy of Ashlyn Athey)

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