Niagara Gazette

January 20, 2014

Starpoint student Holly Krupski hits a high note

By Kaley Lynch kaley.lynch@niagara-gazette.com
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — When she was little, Holly Krupski’s perfect pitch used to keep her parents entertained on long road trips.

“When we’d get bored, we’d call out notes — like ‘E flat’, her mother, Kelly Krupski said.

Holly would sing the notes and her parents would check the piano app on their smartphones to see if they were right — and they always were.

“We’d do it until she’d tell us to play car bingo like everyone else,” Kelly added.

Now 16, the Starpoint junior is entertaining audiences on a bigger scale. Holly was selected to sing in the 2014 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City in February.

The five-day elite choir and symphony event will bring together outstanding high school musicians from across the United States, Canada, and select international schools for instruction and a Feb. 9 performance.

“It’s absolutely a rare honor,” Starpoint choir instructor Roger Van Dette said. “Only a handful of students from New York state are selected for this because it’s a national choir.”

Van Dette recommended Holly apply for the Honors Series after she scored perfectly on her NYSSMA All-State solo. She was notified she was accepted into the series by Halloween.

The only other Starpoint student to be selected for the Honors performance series was Holly’s older sister Olivia in 2012.

Music runs in Holly’s family, who will accompany her to New York City in February.

“My mom has been in a lot of plays, and my dad Kevin is an amazing pianist,” Holly said.

In addition to singing in all three of Starpoint’s high school choirs throughout her time at the school, Holly has also performed at solo festivals, junior and senior high All-State choir, and is one of the youngest members of Buffalo’s Chromatic Society. She’s participated in school musicals since sixth grade, including this year’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Holly has served as class treasurer since freshman year, and sings the national anthem at varsity basketball games.

“She’s done a lot more vocally than about 99 percent of students,” Van Dette said.

For Holly, who has been singing in choirs since third grade, it’s an exciting opportunity.

“It’s such a cool experience,” Holly said. “I can’t wait to meet other people from all over the country who love music.”

After graduating from Starpoint, Holly plans on attending SUNY Fredonia for music.

“Whether I become a music teacher or something else, I want to do something with it,” Holly said. “It’s such an important part of my life.”