RSPS Student Performs at Carnegie Hall

September 08, 2017

Eliza Punches, an 8th grader at Rancho Solano, performed at Carnegie Hall with the Phoenix Children’s Chorus this past summer. Next summer the group is going to Sydney, Australia to perform in the famed Opera House. While she enjoys deepening her understanding of music theory and improving her singing capabilities, a serious perk of chorus membership is the opportunity to perform at some once-in-a-lifetime destinations. Eliza is a lifelong mustang, attending Rancho since Pre-K4. She was recently selected to be featured in this week’s copy of In the Zona and the full interview is included below.

Q: So what was your itinerary while you were in New York? Did you perform in other venues prior to Carnegie Hall?
A: We spent six days touring in New York.  We performed three times, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a workshop performance, and Carnegie Hall as we were chosen to be a part of Choirs of America. 

Q: What can you tell us about the Phoenix Children’s Chorus?
A: The Phoenix Children’s Chorus is a non-profit choir with singers that are ages from 1st Grade to 12th.  This is my sixth year with the organization, and my second in the touring choir. 

Q: What was singing at Carnegie Hall like?
A: To perform in Carnegie Hall is a milestone for any musician, so being able to perform in such a prestigious venue was the pinnacle of my choral experience to date! What made the experience even more special was the fact that Phoenix Children’s Chorus was the featured choir, allowing us to have our own stage time.  It was a concert I will never forget!

Q: How long have you been interested in singing? 
A: I have really enjoyed singing and music in general for as long as I can remember. I started singing in my church choir when I was four, but it was when I joined the Phoenix Children’s Chorus six years ago that singing became more than a hobby. The choir has really taught me a lot about myself, and has increased my love for singing and music. 

Q: Have your classes at Rancho affected your interests in the fine arts?
A: They've definitely given me an advantage! I play the tenor saxophone in the band and that's where I built my background in music theory. I wouldn't have been able to tour in NY this Summer if it weren't for those classes!

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