There's an old joke about a tourist in New York City who asks a traffic cop how to get to Carnegie Hall. The wise-guy cop tells the traveler it takes lots of practice to make it to Carnegie.
Fifteen-year-old Nicolo Bautista has taken that joke to heart. Since the seventh-grade, Bautista, a Camden-Wyoming resident who attends St. Mark's High School in New Castle County, has dedicated one hour a day, four to five days a week, to either singing or playing a music instrument after school.
Having made All State Chorus each year since he was in seventh-grade, Bautista's hard work recently paid off again, earning him a performance at the illustrious Carnegie Hall as a member of the Honors Choir in the 2014 High School Honors Performance Series today.
The High School Honors Performance Series is a prestigious concert that challenges elite students to perform at their very best. During the performance, Bautista and his peers will perform six pieces.
Leading up to the performance, Bautista and his choir mates had the opportunity to rehearse and perform under master conductors, beginning on Thursday. Specifically, Bautista will work under Dr. Lynne Gackle, professor of ensembles and associate director of choral activities at Baylor University. Gackle is a clinician, conductor and adjudicator for choral clinics, honor choirs, workshops and festivals throughout the country and abroad.
Bautista is not only a member of the school's chorus, but he's also a member of its string ensemble, concert band and jazz band. He is also an honors student in academics.
"I feel very honored to be able to perform at a place where so many great musicians have performed," he said.