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A high school student from Lawrence High School will soon have the chance to sing in one of the world’s most famous performance venues.

Ashton Rapp was recently selected to participate in the High School Honors 2022 performance series at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He is expected to sing bass with the program’s choir in February, according to a statement from WorldStrides, the educational travel company presenting the program.

The selection of Rapp for the program alone is an impressive achievement, as it means he is one of the highest-rated high school students in the world.

LHS director of choral activities Dwayne Dunn said that before Rapp was selected for performance at Carnegie Hall, he was selected into national choirs by the National Association for Music Education.

“He’s always looking for a way to share his talents to reach the next level and gain experience that he believes will strengthen that interest in becoming a professional singer,” Dunn recently told Journal-World. “I’m still just amazed at the next step on the ladder for him.”

For her selection, Rapp was audited by the Honors Performance Series earlier this year and was recently accepted after another review by the Honors Selection Panel, according to a press release from the organization.

As a participant, Rapp will join artists from across the country, as well as students from Australia, Bermuda, China, Guam and South Korea for a special performance. The finalists will meet in New York for five days in February.

He will also have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other student finalists, and get a taste of New York City. Then, two performances, an instrumental performance with distinction and a choral performance with distinction, will take place on February 5 and 6, respectively. Both are open to the public.

“I am very happy to play with the Honors Performance Series in New York as it marks a great accomplishment in my vocal career,” said Rapp, according to the press release. “I want to get into vocal performance in college and with this great opportunity before me, I feel that I am closer to making my dreams come true.”

It will also be a nice change of pace, as Rapp had previously been selected for similar programs but was unable to perform in person due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dunn said that during performances of the All-National Choir, students were to perform virtually.

“He’s looking forward to this chance to go into this room with all these fantastic singers and a fantastic conductor,” Dunn said. “We’re really excited for him.”

After graduating from high school, Rapp plans to pursue his music career. Dunn has said he intends to study vocal performance in college, but where that will be has yet to be decided. Rapp is currently studying at many prestigious music schools.

“He’s aiming for the stars,” Dunn said. “But if you look at his accomplishments, it’s not beyond the realm of the possible. This is the kind of thing he does.

Rapp is currently studying music privately with Kansas City-area vocalist Vanessa Thomas and is a member of A Cappella and Chorale at LHS. He also performed in a marching band as a drum major, earned a 4.0 GPA, and was recently recognized by the Lawrence Public Schools Foundation as a “Student Champion of the Arts”.

Dunn said the LHS Choir is proud of Rapp and his accomplishments.

“He is an excellent student and a fantastic representative for our community,” said Dunn.

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