Student to Perform at the Grand Ole Opry

Kimn, 17, earned this once-in-a lifetime opportunity earlier this month when he was named to the 2014 National Association for Music Education’s All-National Symphony Orchestra Honor Ensemble.

These exceptional students are considered the “best of the best,” according to the national music organization. Honorees were selected out of approximately 2.5 million students nationwide who were selected to their respective All-State or Division festivals. In order to be considered for the All-National Ensemble, students had to prepare a two-minute video performing a piece that they played at the all-state audition or any piece of music on their state’s approved all-state audition repertoire list.

At the Grand Ole Opry they will perform under four of the most prominent conductors in the United States.

This is the second year that Matthew is named to an All-National Honor Ensemble. Last year, he was selected to the All-National Concert Band. Matthew currently serves as the Principal Clarinet of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, a position which he has held for the past three years. He has also been selected to the California Band Directors Association’s All-State Honor Bands for the past three years and in the Southern California Schools Band and Orchestra Association All-Southern California Honor Bands for the past five years. Matthew studies clarinet with Dr. Lea Steffens of Chapman University.

Matthew is also an outstanding student. He is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Commended Scholar, an honor which is bestowed on the top two-thirds of America’s students who score the highest on the PSAT, or Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Yorba Linda High School is one of four award-winning comprehensive high schools in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.

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