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MHS sophomore selected for national music camp

Naomi Powers has never played with a national orchestra before. This summer, that will change. Powers, a sophomore at Mitchell High School, is one of 78 students in the United States selected to participate in NYO2, a summer program for outstandi...

Naomi Powers has never played with a national orchestra before. This summer, that will change.

Powers, a sophomore at Mitchell High School, is one of 78 students in the United States selected to participate in NYO2, a summer program for outstanding instrumentalists ages 14 to 17.

The two-week program culminates in a performance in Philadelphia along with The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of the nation's most prestigious and renowned symphony orchestras.

"They're said to be the second-best in the United States," Powers said. "So I'm pretty excited."

NYO2 is an extension of Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the USA, a program for musicians ages 16-19, launched by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. NYO-USA and NYO2 are both free to participants.

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Powers, a violinist, said to be accepted into the program, which starts on June 18, she had to record excerpts from large orchestral pieces and submit them.

Recognition for her musical prowess is nothing new. The 16-year-old has been taking lessons since she was 4½, and since then has also learned to play the trumpet and is in marching band. In addition to traveling to Sioux Falls twice a week-once for violin lessons, and once for South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra rehearsals.

Boasting an already impressive musical resume, Powers has also won third place in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in March, and was the second-place winner of the Schubert Scholarship for young musicians in Minneapolis, which came with $1,500. She also teaches violin lessons.

While Powers said she has experience playing with the state symphony orchestra, she has never played with a nationally renowned orchestra like the Philadelphia Orchestra, and is excited to see how that goes.

After she returns from NYO2, Powers has just two weeks before she heads to Aspen, Colorado, for the Aspen Music Festival and School for four weeks.

Powers, who lives in Mitchell with her parents, Doug and Shiori, said the awards are nice, but she just likes the music.

"I just like playing music," she said. "It's just a nice like feeling-there's no rules, really. I love it."

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