Krueger Middle School Eighth Grader Neva Panayi Accepted to Perform in the 2015 Middle School Honors Performance Series Choir

By: Michigan City Area Schools Last Updated: March 30, 2015

Krueger-Middle-School-Neva-PanayiThe Honors Choir will rehearse for several days in New York City, and will perform a concert at Carnegie Hall on June 27, 2015. The choir, which features 200 talented middle school performers from across the U. S., Canada, and select international schools, will be under the direction of Greg Gilpin, Jeffrey Grogan, and Charles Peltz.

Panayi, a soprano, auditioned for the honors choir earlier this school year. (She submitted her solo CD of "Sky Above the Roof" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, along with a recommendation from her Chorus teacher, Shirley Allen.) She is an academic honors student at Krueger, and is taking advanced classes in Humanities, Biology, and Algebra. Next year, she plans to continue with advanced studies at Michigan City High School and will join the Treble Chorale. "I've been singing since I can remember," she says. "Performing at Carnegie Hall is a dream come true!"

A member of the KMS Singers show choir, Panayi performed in the 2015 Circle the State with Song Festival Choir. Earlier this year, she also took part in the ISSMA solo and ensemble contest, earning gold medals for a small ensemble performance (level 4) and for a solo (level 3). "Neva has been a delight to have in chorus these last three years," said teacher Shirley Allen. "She has demonstrated outstanding leadership ability, consideration for others, and a desire to excel. I am so happy that she was chosen for this opportunity."

Panayi has set up a "Go Fund Me" web page to help defray travel and other expenses for the Carnegie Honors Choir experience; she hopes to raise $1,400 to enable her to take part. (Krueger Middle School also plans to pitch in with a "jeans day" fundraiser.)

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