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Local teenage Cellist headed to Carnegie Hall

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How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice is the punchline, but its also the truth.

Next weekend, one local teenager will play the fabled venue thanks to his hard work.

Even an untrained ear can hear the talent in the Northview High School Orchestra, but those who listen closely may hear some standouts.
 
At 15 years old, Starr Jiang is a Sophomore cellist who's headed to New York City next week.

He's been selected to join an elite group from across the country, performing under the direction of a master conductor in the High School Honors Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

"It's like the top of the music world," said Jiang. "It's really exciting."

Violinist Esther Kim knows about the excitement all too well.

The high school senior was picked for the Carnegie gig last year.

"It definitely motivated me to work harder because I reached Carnegie Hall, which is my dream for, I don't know, like 10 years and I got it," said Kim. "So, why not further?"

"These students have gone above and beyond on their own," explains Northview Orchestra Conductor Pam Thiel. "That has been through their hard work and through their private teacher, above and beyond the school program."

That school program now has a reputation of its own of producing top talent, including a talent coincidentally named "Starr."

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