Apple Valley student Sophia Kickhofel poses with her saxophone.

Sophia Kickhofel has been recognized by Carnegie Hall as one of the finest saxophonists in the country following her selection to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. A sophomore at Apple Valley High School, Sophia is only one of two alto saxophonists chosen to be a member of this prestigious ensemble.

Members of the orchestra are between 16 and 19 years old and were chosen after a comprehensive and highly selective audition process. As part of her selection, Sophia will attend a four-week jazz program that includes a residency at Purchase College, SUNY, where students will work with Jazz Artistic Director Sean Jonesand an all-star faculty. Together they will perform on the famed Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall with special guest Kurt Elling.

Later this summer, Sophia and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra will take their show on a tour of Asia, performing in Taipei, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The program is tuition-free program and covers all student expenses.

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