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Sixth Grader Outshines All In Youth Symphony Auditions

posted Sep 7, 2016, 12:34 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Oct 4, 2016, 11:22 AM ]
He may be quite young but Seneca Middle School student Luke Bleuel proved to be the absolute best when he auditioned for the Carolina Youth Symphony Repertory Orchestra recently. Not only was he accepted into this elite group, but he was chosen through their highly-competitive audition process to be the concertmaster (first chair) of the orchestra. As a sixth grader, Luke is one of the youngest and smallest members of the orchestra—he was competing against orchestra students as old as eighth and ninth graders. The Carolina Youth Symphony, comprised of three levels of orchestras, has been in existence since 1955 and gives performances at various Greenville area music venues throughout the year. It draws members from all over the upstate and even parts of North Carolina.

Luke said of his achievement, “I feel really proud to have been selected concertmaster. It is an honor and one that I really want to maintain in the years to come.” Apart from the Carolina Youth Symphony, he is a violin student with private teacher Dodie Scar and is a member of the Seneca Middle School Orchestra directed by Mr. David Warlick.