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Education

Downers Grove North student is finalist in Mexico International Harp Festival

Downers Grove North High School student Catherine Ramsey is a finalist in the Mexico International Harp Competition and Festival.
Downers Grove North High School student Catherine Ramsey is a finalist in the Mexico International Harp Competition and Festival.

DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove North High School student Catherine Ramsey has been selected as a finalist in the Mexico International Harp Competition and Festival, which will be held the week of Nov. 10 in Mexico City.

Held every three years, the festival draws youth from around the world, who compete and are judged by prominent figures in the international harp field, according to a Community High School District 99 news release.

Ramsey, a sophomore, is a member of Community High School District 99 symphonic orchestra and the Naperville Youth Symphony Orchestra.

“Attending the festival is an incredible honor for Catherine and a tremendous opportunity to continue her artistic development,” said Brayer Teague, chairman of the school’s fine arts department.

“She’ll be surrounded and inspired by the most talented instructors and peers from across the globe during this once-in-a-lifetime trip.”

Ramsey was selected from a video audition as one of nine finalists in her division, which includes student musicians from the United States, Canada, Columbia, Croatia and Mexico, the release stated.

Guest artists from Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, France, Mexico and Russia will be at the festival serving as judges and master class instructors.

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