MHS local to perform at storied venues


Madisonville High School student Ashlyn Johnson has been selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City and The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.

Johnson will perform trombone in February with the Honors Band and again in August at the Sydney Opera House. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across the world. She has qualified for two of these bands.

Earlier this year, Johnson auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to this elite group is a result of the talent, dedication and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording. She will join performers from 46 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, several Canadian provinces, Australia, Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Poland, Qatar and South Korea at venues that mark the pinnacle of musical achievement.

“Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing,” said Program Director Morgan Smith. “We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 700 of the most talented student performers for Carnegie and 300 for Sydney. Working with these conductors is a once in a lifetime experience that these musicians will never forget.”

Johnson has studied music for seven years and is a member of the Madisonville High School Mustang Band. In response to her selection as a finalist, Ashlyn said, “I cannot believe I had made Carnegie, but making Sydney too? No, y’all stop messing with me!”

Finalists will come together in New York City for five days in February and in Sydney in late July and early August. They will have the opportunity to learn from each other as well as world-renowned conductors.

Johnson has earned multiple accomplishments throughout her musical career with the Madisonville Band and won the Texas Music Scholar Award her junior year. She is also active in Beta Club, FFA, Wildlife Team and Range Team.

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 celebrated venues. The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented by WorldStrides, the nation’s leading educational travel organization.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Ashlyn for donations to help her reach her program cost and airfare.