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Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute to give concert
Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute to give concert

ATLANTA -- The 11 talented local students who participated in this year's Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute will give a special concert next month.

The institute, which is one of only a few programs of its kind in the U.S., puts high school students through a rigorous audition process and offers eight months of workshops, vocal coaching and other courses for young people who are interested in pursuing music careers.

In the three years the Atlanta Opera has offered the program, 11 of its graduates have gone on to study music at universities and conservatories across the country.

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The High School Opera Institute showcase will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 at Morningside Presbyterian Church. It is free and open to the public. Participants will perform arias and small ensemble pieces from some of opera's greatest works. Learn more at www.atlantaopera.org.

This year's institute students include:

* August Bair, The Paideia School
* Christian Einertson, Lassiter High School
* Sean Eliason, Kennesaw Mountain High School
* Jason Friedman, The Westminster Schools
* Rosie Hughes, The Paideia School
* Juliana Laseter, Eastside High School
* Sarah Pamplin, Master's Academy (homeschool)
* Daniela Rivera, Atlanta International School
* Rachel Stein, North Springs Charter High School
* Anne Stillwagon, Walton High School
* Dominique Williams, Pebblebrook High School

Addtionally, five Opera Institute alums who are now college students will perform during the showcase:

* Sammy Itskoff, Manhattan School of Music
* Kaitlyn Johnson, Rice University
* Kate Kasmier, Mercer University
* Jessica Kyles, Georgia State University
* Becca White, Shorter University