Local Student To Play on One of Music's Biggest Stages


By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A local high school student is getting the opportunity of a lifetime.

The young lady will be playing in New York City early next year.

"I knew I wanted to play an instrument I just wasn't quite sure what. And, so I was just flipping through the list and I looked and saw oboe and I thought I have no idea what that is. I'm going to play that," said Samantha Wallace, musician.

It was that decision six years ago that led Xavier junior Samantha Wallace to a place most musicians dream of ... Carnegie Hall.

"Musicians, we always grow up hearing about Carnegie Hall, so I think for me stepping onto the stage is going to be the moment I'm most looking forward to," said Wallace.

Over the summer the 16–year old auditioned for the chance to play in the Honors Performance Series Symphony in New York City.

An event that would happen this coming February.

"The opportunity to play at Carnegie, that's kind of a pinnacle of your career kind of thing. And our little girl is getting the chance to do that very early," said James Wallace, Samantha’s Dad.

Wallace practices two hours each day either at home or within the community.

"I will go and play with the CSI Band for two hours or I'll go and play with the Magic Valley Symphony for a few hours," said Wallace.

It's the overwhelming support from people in the community that has helped Wallace along her musical journey.

And, music will forever have a place in her heart.

"Music is something that's really special to me. Everything in life is easier after I've played for awhile," said Wallace.

She dreams of one day becoming a doctor, but for her, music has and always will be a big part of her life.

Samantha is hoping to raise $3,000 for her trip.

She's raffling off an iPad on December 15th at Xavier Charter School.

Tickets are $20 each.

For more information on raffle tickets or to donate to her travel fund call 320-6000.

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