A sophomore student at Americas High School will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of performing in the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series on July 21 at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
“I am so excited and honored to be selected,” Newby-Sanchez said. “I am really looking forward to visiting Australia and being able to perform next to some of the most talented musicians in the world!”
Sienna Newby-Sanchez is one of 250 performers selected for the series from the 18,000 applicants worldwide. The violin player is eager to join accomplished, international high school performers and study under master conductors and performers in the iconic concert hall.
Newby has been mastering her instrument for five years. She currently serves as an officer for the Americas orchestra program, and is a member of the El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestra. She was a top performer in the All-region orchestra competition, and earned a superior, division 1 rating for her solo at state her freshman year. She also was a two-time top-rated soloist in middle school. She also plays the cello and piano.
“We are very proud Sienna,” said Adria Dunn, orchestra director at Americas High School. “She has an amazing work ethic, practices hard on a regular basis, and consistently volunteers for any performance opportunity. She is definitely a model student when it comes to orchestra.”
The young performer was entered into the Australia honors program by nomination where she was later invited to audition. The audition was an audio recording of a seven-minute excerpt.
“It took me seven hours to record the piece before I was happy with it,” she said. “It was a lot of work and effort, but I love everything about music and performing.”
The Honors Performance Series is sponsored by WorldStrides. To learn more about the Honors Performance Series, click here.