Local cellist named to elite orchestra

A local teen cellist has been named to Honors Orchestra for the 2012 American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.

Shannon Merciel, a senior at Helias Catholic High School, was selected from among the highest rated high school performers in North America and select international schools.

Acceptance to the elite group was based on talent, dedication and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording.

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The honors series will gather for five days in New York City, where the orchestra will study with Charles Peltz of the New England Conservatory of Music and conductor of the Glens Falls Symphony.

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