Stratford Students Perform at Carnegie Hall
Posted 02/11/2014 10:47AM

Maggie Bergmark, Mary Carolyn Hulgan, and Savannah Alday were selected for the 2014 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Theyperformed at Carnegie Hall February 9, 2014 with the Honors choir and Honors Band. Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across North America and select schools internationally.

The students auditioned this fall for the Honors Performance Series and were accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite ensembles is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in each student’s application and audition recording. These young ladies joined other performers from the United States, Canada, and select international schools for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

According to Morgan Smith, Program Director, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We process thousands of nominations annually, selecting only the most talented performers applying on an international level. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these student musicians never forget”.

Mary Carolyn plays the trombone in the Stratford Academy band program, and was selected to perform with the District Honor Band, and the GISA All-Select Band. Maggie and Savannah are both active in the musical theatre program at Stratford. Additionally, Maggie studies voice privately with Marie Roberts of Mercer University and placed first last spring in the Region Literary Meet as the vocal soloist and placed first in the opera division of the prestigious NATS competition for high school and college vocal students. Savannah has received much recognition as a recording artist specializing in Southern music with a blend of rock, blues, and country, and she performs frequently with her own band, The Savannah Alday Band. Savannah also works with private vocal coach, Torri Broxton.

Finalists spent  five days together in February in New York City to have the opportunity to learn from renowned conductors, work with other Finalists, and get a taste of New York City. The Sunday performance was open to the public and specially invited representatives from collegiate music programs. 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 the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall. Learn more by visiting