Published on July 6th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Outstanding Local Middle School Student Selected to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Columbia, SC, – Delaney Dunn, a rising freshman at Dreher High School, was selected for the 2014 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She performed at Carnegie Hall in June 2014 with the Honors Junior Band as a clarinetist. Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the talented middle school performers from across North America.

Delaney auditioned this fall for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the talented group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording. Delaney joined other performers from the United States and Canada for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

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

As a student at Hand Middle School, Delaney studied music with Mary Lou Schweickert and was a member of Hand Middle School Band and the Hand Middle School Jazz Band. Additionally, she has been selected for Region Honor Band (clarinet) and Jazz Honor Band (bass guitar). Delaney is a Richland One Middle School Scholar and a member of the Dreher High School Tennis Team.

Junior Finalists came together for five days in June 2014 in New York City to have the opportunity to learn from Jeffrey Grogan, work with other Junior Finalists, and get a taste of New York City. The Saturday, June 28th, performance was open to the public and specially invited guests.

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school and middle 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


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