Music Student to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Posted on: 11/27/2017

Anjalee Burns, a Music student at Los Angeles Mission College, had the opportunity to go to Yale this summer for three weeks through the Explo Program, where she got to take part in multiple music courses, workshops and performances each day.

In the songwriting and music composition course, she had the privilege of working with many people of different backgrounds and levels, as they wrote songs together, shared musical ideas, and helped each other develop their individual pieces.

She performed multiple times in various venues, including an intimate, coffee shop setting, and a talent show where she played an original song in a large theater with over a hundred people in attendance. It was at this performance that she realized she knew how to draw a connection with her audience, when she told the story behind the song before diving in with all the emotion that inspired her to write music.

“I walked off the stage more free than ever before, knowing the reason for that was, due to all this thinking about music, what I want to do, and who I want to be," Burns said. "This performance helped me to pinpoint what I want to accomplish as a musician, a performer, and as a person.”

More recently, Burns was nominated by her music professor, Dr. Joshua R. Wentz to apply to a prestigious music program where he works every spring, called Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Her audition recording marked her as one of the 700 finalists chosen, out of a pool of 12,000 students.

"It’s rare to find a student at only 15 years old, with such raw talent," Dr. Wentz said. "Her possibilities are limitless.”

She will travel to New York City in early February with Dr. Wentz to rehearse with the Honors Choir and perform at Carnegie Hall on February 4, 2018. 

Burns is a Dual Enrollment student taking her General Education classes and music classes in order to prepare, audition and transfer to a music conservatory.

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