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Outstanding Summer Creek High School Students Selected to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Outstanding Summer Creek High School Students Selected to Perform at Carnegie Hall


Jacoby Brown, a senior, and Clay Murphy, a sophomore at Summer Creek High School have both been selected for the 2019 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. They will perform in February 2019 with the Honors Symphony & String Orchestra Ensemble. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world. The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall.

 Jacoby auditioned last summer and Clay auditioned this past October and both were accepted after a review of more than 18,000 nominations by the Honors Selection Board.  Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of both Jacoby’s and Clay’s talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in their applications and audition recordings.


Jacoby has been playing the Violin for 6 years and is a member of the Chamber Orchestra at Summer Creek as well as a member of the Houston Youth Symphony, where he earned the title of Concert Master for the upcoming concert in February.  Jacoby has held his position of Orchestra President in his high school orchestra for two years and has recently served as the Concert Master at the Region 33 Symphony Orchestra. He’s also an active member of the National Honor Society at SCHS.  In response to his selection as a Finalist, Jacoby said he was “excited to be chosen.”

Clay has been playing the Cello for 5 years and is a member of the Chamber Orchestra at Summer Creek. Clay was the winner of the Concerto Ensemble this past spring and was a member of the Region 33 middle school Chamber Orchestra where they earned the 2017 Mark of Excellence from the Foundation for Music Education. In response to his selection as a Finalist, Clay gave a simple nod of the head, but his mom was jumping up and down.

Jacoby and Clay have both represented Summer Creek High School Orchestra as members of the Region 33 Chamber Orchestra and as state Solo and Ensemble competitors at the University of Texas in Austin. They both have been named Texas Music Scholars from the Texas Music Educators Association. Kyle Davis serves as Orchestra Director and Evan Farmer is the Assistant Orchestra Director at SCHS.

Jacoby and Clay will join performers from 46 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and several provinces of Canada, Australia, Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, and South Korea for a special performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall.  Finalists will come together in New York City for five days in February where Jacoby and Clay will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other Finalists, and get a taste of New York City!

Jacoby is the son of Carlnell and Naikala Brown.  Clay is the son of Land and Valerie Murphy.