Not many people can say they’ve performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
On February 12, Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind student and local Purcellville resident, Farris Hallaj was one of them. The senior was one of 250 students chosen from high schools across the country to perform with the honors choir in the All American High School Honors Performance. While Hallaj, a student in the blind department, might have been nervous waiting for the results of the audition tape he sent in November, his music teacher Laura Di Puma was not worried as he has won many state and regional titles and was in similar company as those who have performed in the past.
In addition to being a lead performer for the music program at VSDB, Farris has been studying music privately with teachers at the Catoctin School of Music in Leesburg for over seven years. This opportunity was a wonderful accomplishment in his senior year of high school.
Farris traveled to NYC, along with his mother, grandmother and music teacher, Ms. Di Puma from February 9 to 13. In addition to rehearsing, they enjoyed touring the sites and seeing a Broadway show. Upon graduation, Farris plans to study music in college.