Bodtke selected to perform at Carnegie Hall

Gwynff Bodtke, a junior at Rocky Mountain High School, has been selected for the High School Honors Performance series at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Bodtke will perform flute in February with the honors performance symphony orchestra. Participation in the Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated young performers from across the world, according to an Honors Performance Series press release.

Bodtke auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and was recently 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 the student’s application and audition recording, the release states.

Bodtke has studied music for the past six years and is a member of the Rocky Mountain High School Concert Band. She has been a participant in the district and state honor bands for the past three years and recently participated in the Star Honors Band at Montana State University in Missoula.

In response to her selection, Bodtke said, “Woo hoo, I made it,” the release states.

Bodtke will join performers from the U.S., Canada, China, South Korea and Bermuda for a special performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

The finalists will come together in New York City, where they will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other performers and get a taste of New York City. The honors performance will take place February 4 and is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning approximately 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.

“Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing,” said Marion Gomez, music director for the Honors Performance Series. “We processed nearly 10,000 nominations this year and have selected the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at these renowned music halls is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians will never forget.”

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual student performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in world renowned venues.