University School of Jackson

Kevin Cheng Plays at Carnegie Hall

Sophomore Kevin Cheng had the opportunity to showcase his talents by playing in the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City, February 1 -5. Kevin is an accomplished violinist who has been playing since the age of nine.

During the High School Performance Series, selected musicians rehearse and perform under renowned conductors and have the opportunity to meet other like-minded musicians from around the world as they prepare for and perform at a truly world-class venue. Though much of the students’ time is focused on performance preparation, the week also allows students

to experience the best of the sights and the performance arts in New York City, which includes attending a Broadway show, visiting famous landmarks, and a cruise aboard a private yacht.

I learned so much from the trip. From a musical standpoint, there was about 10 hours of intense rehearsal each day, and I improved greatly from that. Playing with talented musicians and a high-level conductor forced me to focus and play my very best. It was a humbling experience because I realized there are so many great musicians all over the country, and playing with some of them was unforgettable.

To be considered for selection to the 2018 Honors Performance Series, students must submit a 3- to 5- minute audition recording, a letter of recommendation from their instructor, and a performer biography.

“Kevin is not only a top student and musician, he is a ‘top person,’” says Tom Grant, Performing Arts Department Chair. “Kevin is always helping others with their music and academics, and he goes through his day with a smile and a patient moment to listen to the concerns and views of others. He is humble and kind—a person who exempli es the best of USJ.”

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