Jerusalem’s Hassadna Wind Orchestra has been selected to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall in April as part of the New York International Music Festival.

The teen orchestra, consisting of 48 high school students, is one of six ensembles from around the world selected to perform at the famed New York venue. At the festival, Hassadna will compete with orchestras from the Czech Republic, Poland and the United States.

“The festival will take our young musicians on an unforgettable musical and human journey. It will be special for us to represent Israel in the most beautiful way we know,” said the orchestra’s artistic director, Ronit Berman, as reported by The Jerusalem Post.

Clarinetist Naor Akuba, 18, said “all the greatest musicians in the world played at Carnegie Hall. I cannot believe that we will be next in line. I cannot wait to step on stage with my friends.”

The orchestra is still trying to raise funding to attend the competition.

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