By: C.J. Destefani
Her name is Melissa O’Hara. She is a senior at Bellbrook. On February 19-23, Ms. O’Hara, along with over 100 other skilled high school musicians from 49 states and 5 countries, played in the honor band at the Carnegie Hall in New York City. Sharon Lavery conducted the honor band.
Melissa says that it is an honor to have been a part of the event. Over 10,000 applicants auditioned for the event this last October. Melissa played piccolo and flute in the five-song concert. The song selections included: “Sheltering Sky” by John Mackey, “Kingfishers Catch Fire” by John Mackey, “Folk Dances” by Dmitri Shostakovich, “Vesuvius” by Frank Ticheli, and “Downey Overtune” by Sharon Lavery.
Melissa loves music because she believes it “allows someone… to put themselves out there and express feelings and words that cannot be said.” She plans to challenge herself in college with a double major in music education and in music performance in flute. Ms. O’Hara is currently 1st chair in band and received an FJM scholarship at the Bands Of America (BOA) Grand National Championship.