Theim, a student at Ballston Spa High School, and lifelong resident of the town, has been selected through an extensive nomination and audition process to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Theim will play as part of the American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie in the Heritage Festival Honors Orchestra this February. He found out he would have the opportunity two weeks ago after months of waiting for his audition tapes to be vetted and said he was excited .
While he is no stranger to the classics, Theim said he and his friends enjoy writing their own pieces.
He plays the guitar, cello, piano and has recently taken up singing about two years ago.
His favorite instruments are the guitar and cello staying true to his string-roots. He’s been playing the cello since fourth-grade.
“I’ve experiment writing some of my own stuff. I actually do more of that with some friends of mine. Mostly rock music.”
He said inspiration for a new sound or tune can come from all sorts of places.
“A lot of times I just come out of something wanting to write. In the shower is where I get most of my music ideas.”
A fan of rock legends Led Zepplin and Rush, Theim is hoping to get in some quality time at some of the major music hot-spots in New York during his five-day excursion.
He may even check out a Broadway show or two, he said.
He was nominated to perform at Carnegie Hall by Chelsea Reeves, one of his teachers, and selected based on an audio tape heard by a panel of musicians.
“Carnegie Hall represents excellence in musical performance, making it the perfect venue for the Honors Performance Series to showcase its student performers,” according to information from the concert venue’s Web site. “The American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall was established to showcase some of the most talented student performers in high school today.
Reeves, Theim’s high school orchestra teacher, has been with him three years and said his work ethic, combined with natural talent, has helped him to achieve the honor of playing in the Honors Orchestra.
“Walter is a wonderful student. He’s hardworking dedicated and reliable,” she said.
Reeves also praised Theim’s well-rounded academic and athletic career in addition to his musical chops.
“It’s very rewarding to know your students are successful because you are helping them.”
She said watching a student who is so dedicated to his craft and watching them succeed is part of why being a teacher is so great.
Walter is planning to pursue a career in music education and has recently been auditioning the Crane School of Music, Ithaca College and The College of St. Rose, according to information from BSCSD.