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Hazen senior plays trumpet for third time at Carnegie Hall

Sameena Knopik, a senior at Hazen High School, was selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She performed on the trumpet with the honors band in February. Earlier this year, Knopik auditioned for the Honors Pe...

 

Sameena Knopik, a senior at Hazen High School, was selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She performed on the trumpet with the honors band in February.

Earlier this year, Knopik auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication and achievements in her application and audition recording.

Knopik joined other performers from 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, six Canadian Provinces, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea and the United Kingdom for a special performance on Feb. 4, 2018 at the world renowned Carnegie Hall

According to Morgan Smith, program director, “being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing”.

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There were around 18,000 nominations and only 700 of the most talented student performers from around the world were selected to play.

Knopik recently returned from New York where she performed at Carnegie Hall for the third time under the direction of Kir Moseir. Knopik performed as a junior in 2017 and as an eighth grader in June of 2014.

Knopik has been playing trumpet for seven years under the direction of Chris Harvey. She plays in the High School concert, jazz and pep bands. Her musical talent has given her the chance to perform in many musical competitions around North Dakota.

She has performed at the North Dakota All State Festivals as a band member, orchestra member and will perform this year as a choir member.

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