Alpharetta seventh grader, Catherine Amato, has been selected to play piano in Carnegie Hall this Memorial Day. This famed venue, which is widely known to be one of the most prestigious facilities in the world, will host the 37th Anniversary Spring Piano Festival on Sunday, May 28. Amato was chosen from more than 300 accomplished musicians who auditioned.
Being invited to play at Carnegie is a huge accomplishment for any musician, especially a student. NPR states, “Even people who wouldn't know Yo-Yo Ma from Yanni know Carnegie Hall is where the world's greats play. Carnegie Hall is, without doubt, one of the most prestigious facilities in the world. And saying that you've played at Carnegie Hall might just be one of the ultimate badges of musical honor.”
The Spring Piano Festival is an opportunity for the finest piano teachers in the country to showcase the talent and hard work of their best students. Catherine earned her coveted slot after auditioning via live stream and learned she had been selected to play last week.
“I was shocked and excited when they called to say I had been chosen,” said Amato, a middle school student at Fulton Science Academy Private School in Alpharetta. “The timing is a bit crazy; I am very busy with my studies as I finish the school year, but the honor that comes with this opportunity is so special. I am very excited to go to New York City in a few weeks with my parents; not only to perform but also to enjoy many New York landmarks.”
Catherine started her journey to learn to play the piano at the end of second grade. She was introduced to the art of playing for an audience progressively and participated in her first formal recital in fourth grade. It was the beginning of the long journey of developing her skills.
Since then, Catherine has performed for a wide range of audiences, including fundraisers that benefit charities such as the American Red Cross. As part of her musical training, she also performs annually in front of a panel of judges at Drew University in NJ to receive constructive critique.
Despite a move from NJ to Atlanta last year, Catherine continued to play and, in January 2017, resumed training with her NJ instructor via FaceTime. Her audition came just one day after winning the Georgia State Social Studies Fair where she was recognized for her work that addressed the dangers of texting while driving. Through her research and findings, Catherine’s project may urge legislators to enact tougher penalties on those who abuse the law and put innocent lives at risk.
Hard work and perseverance are two traits that come naturally to Amato. “I work hard at school and I work hard with my musical training, but I also enjoy things like talking walks in nature, drawing, and being with my family. I also enjoy blending technology and music. I may pursue the idea of being a digital music composer/editor as a future career. I enjoy different styles of music; to be able to blend them together using new technology is a profession that I think will become even more popular in the future and it’s a career path that interests me greatly,” said Amato.
About Fulton Science Academy
Fulton Science Academy Private School (FSAPS) has fostered a “yearn to learn” culture where students embrace an innovative, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) curriculum. FSA’s study body (Pre-K through high school) is diverse and reflects award-winning academic teams, competitive athletes, personal entrepreneurs, professional working actors, and award-winning critical thinkers. During the 2016-2017 school year, Fulton Science Academy will send seven academic teams to represent the state of Georgia in national and international competitions. Built upon core values of excellence, innovation, and character, FSAPS has engineered a school of tomorrow, today. For more information, please visit http://www.fultonscienceacademy.
(Portions of this article were taken from http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2012/07/31/157671080/how-do-you-get-to-carnegie-hall-no-seriously)