Carnegie Hall

Some Oro Valley students have the opportunity to perform at one of the nation’s most prestigious stages.

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For musicians, the opportunity to play at a renowned concert hall is not unlike the thrill a ball player might feel stepping onto the field of Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium. This Spring, 11 young Tucsonans will have the adventure of a lifetime performing at one of the nation’s most beloved concert venues, Carnegie Hall in New York City.

This journey began with auditions this winter for Dr. George Borisov, the founder of the Golden Key Festival. Every year, Borisov auditions young musicians around the globe.  Out of more than 800 applicants auditioning throughout the United States, a handful of students were awarded medals and an invitation to perform at one of our nation’s most historic performance venues, Carnegie Hall.

Music and Dance Academy is honored to announce that 10 Academy students received this special honor.

Gabriel Lehrer, 15, guitar, Jessie Crown, 12, Emma Whittman, 12, Keoni Bolding, 14, Zakaria Lamri,12, and Jeremy Wang, 10, violin, Aidan Bolding, 8, cello, Marisol Childress, 11, flute and Sam Alexander, 12, and Massimo Marsella, 16, piano will be performing May 25th at Weill Recital, Carnegie Hall, New York. The program will include guest artists Stephan Müller, Urska Babic, and Gaku Sugibayashi, Piano and Nathan Kay, Tenor.

These young musicians are seeking support from the Tucson community. They will be performing in several public concerts to further strengthen their performing skills and fundraise for this opportunity.

The violin ensemble will be performing at the St. Phillips Farmer’s Market Sunday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and hold a concert event Saturday, May 5 at St. Odilia Catholic Community Church, 7570 North Paseo del Norte in Tucson.

Both recitals are offered to the public free of charge. Students are raising funds through performance and an online fundraising source called Kickstarter at

Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” project fundraising site where sponsors can offer support beginning with $1.

For more information about these students, and their Golden Key Festival, visit

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