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Ringgold's Sarah Krempasky performs on iconic NYC stage

| Thursday, March 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Sarah Krempasky

Some aspiring singers wait their whole lives to perform on one of America's great stages.

Sarah Krempasky of Carroll Township made it to Carnegie Hall before her 18th birthday.

Sarah, a junior at Ringgold High School, was selected to participate in the 2013 American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 10. The historic New York City venue has welcomed many musical icons over the years.

The Honors Performance Series was established to showcase some of the most talented student performers in high school today.

She was part of a group of students who come from all over the United States, Canada and select international schools.

The program, which brings together the most elite talent from across the country, was developed to challenge students to perform at their very best, organizers said.

She spent five days in New York City preparing for the performance under the direction of world renowned conductor Eph Ehly.

The concert was heard by specially-invited collegiate music program representatives.

Her quest to be selected began last spring when she was nominated by her high school choral director, Diane Ader. Nominees were then invited to submit an application, performance biography and audition recording which were reviewed by an expert board of music professionals for final selection. She learned on Oct. 31 she made the cut.

Sarah described the experience as “overwhelming.”

“It was an amazing experience,” she said. “To be among so many talented people was really awesome.”

Her parents, John and Lisa Krempasky, couldn't be prouder.

“I had to hold back tears,” said Lisa Krempasky. “It is very hard to describe. What I feel we witnessed can only be described as magical.”

The concert occurred during the weekend of Winter Storm Nemo. Her dad almost didn't make it for the concert.

Due to the impending storm, all flights were cancelled Feb. 8and 9. Finally, after hours spent on the phone with airlines, he was able to book a flight to make it in time for the concert.

“I was getting pretty frantic and was just going to drive when I finally got a flight that didn't get cancelled,” John Krempasky said.

Sarah comes from a musical family. Her dad sings and plays guitar and has been sharing his passion for music since Sarah was a toddler. Her sister, Ava, 13, is also following in her sister's footsteps. She sings with the Ringgold Middle School Show Choir.

Although still only a junior, Sarah has already decided that her college plans are to pursue a career in music.

A multi-faceted performer, she privately studies voice, plays the piano and has studied dance since the age of 3.

She has performed in school musicals since the eighth grade, which included several lead roles. She was Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” Cally in “Guys and Dolls,” Ivy in “On the Town” and recently performed as Willy in the Ringgold High School Musical production of “Willy Wonka.”

She is a member of the Ringgold High School Choir, International Thespian Society, National Honor Society, GEAR, Interact Club, tennis team and is co-captain of the Ringgold Dance team.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at swolford@tribweb.com.

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