Freeport High School senior Kristopher Saint-Louis is the district's first student ever selected to the All-National Chorus of the National Association for Music Education.
Saint-Louis, 17, is among 348 students nationwide selected for the ensemble from about 1,000 applicants. A bass, he submitted an audition tape of the Italian composer Giulio Caccini's 1602 madrigal "Amarilli, mia bella" and had perfect scores on two performances for the New York State School Music Association.
The ensemble will perform at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on Oct. 29.
"It was surreal at first," Saint-Louis said of his selection. "My eyes watered with joy and I couldn't help but smile. The goal I set for myself had been achieved, and it felt incredible."
Saint-Louis credited Monique Retzlaff, director of the high school's select chorale, with helping him develop his musical talents. He is president of the select chorale and is drum major of the marching band, and also plays bass and guitar in the jazz ensemble and French horn in the brass ensemble.
He is a member of the Nassau Chamber Chorale of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York and has appeared in musicals hosted by the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Plainview. He said he hopes to study musical theater in college.
"I am truly proud of him and ecstatic to see what the future holds for this amazingly talented young man," Retzlaff said.