Violinist Sabrina Martin has been selected to play at Carnegie Hall on February 22 in the High School Honors performance series presented by WorldStrides, an educational travel organization.
The performance will include three honors ensembles of orchestra, band and choir. Students in the show are selected from a pool of thousands of applicants both nationally and internationally. The application process involves recording and sending in an audition, which will then be reviewed by a selection board.
Martin, a junior at Montgomery Blair High School, has been playing piano since she was six years old, and started violin in the 4th grade. It wasn’t until three years later that she began receiving private lessons from her current teacher, Shen-Pang Chien.
Martin also plays both instruments annually during the Spring Festival. She was the 2nd place winner in the 2014 Princeton International Chinese Music Festival Guzheng Competition, and has obtained her Grade Seven certificate from the China Nationalities Orchestra Society Guzheng Examination.
“It would be very difficult if I had to give up playing,” Martin said. “I would miss how accomplished I felt after being able to successfully play a difficult song. Playing these instruments is a way of challenging and motivating myself to work harder to obtain my goals.”
Article by the MoCo Student Staff Writer Lillian Andemicael of Rockville High School