George “Ged” Pearson, a student at Seaford High School, has been selected for the 2019 High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House in Australia.
He will perform clarinet in August with the High School Honors Band. Participation in one of the two Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.
Earlier this year, Pearson 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 demonstrated in his application and audition recording. Pearson will join other performers from 46 United States, Guam, several provinces of Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Qatar and South Korea for a special performance at the world-famous Sydney Opera House.
Program Director Nancy Richardson said, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of. We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 300 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at Sydney Opera House is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians never forget.”
Pearson has studied music for 12 years and is a member of Seaford High School’s Marching Band, chorus, gospel choir and concert band. Pearson has played in Delaware All State Band, Delaware All State Chorus, Sussex County Honors Band, Sussex County Honors Chorus and Carnegie Hall Honors Performance Series High School Band. He has received numerous awards for his musical ability and academic excellence. In response to his selection as a finalist, Pearson said, “I’m so honored to be playing with some of the best high school musicians from around the world who are as passionate about music as I am.”
Finalists will come together in Sydney for six days in late July and early August. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other fnalists, and get a taste of Sydney. The Honors Performance will take place Sunday, Aug. 4, and is open to the public.
The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in world renowned venues. For more information, go to www.honorsperformance.org.