CCSD Cellist to perform at Carnegie Hall for Second Time!

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…again!

Khalil Payne, cellist from McEachern High School, will be taking the stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the SECOND time!


As a young musician, Khalil explains what it feels like to play each and every day. “You could say it’s almost like another world. When I start playing, I actually feel the music,” he said. “Because it’s one thing to just play an instrument, and it’s another to make and feel music.”

Khalil first performed at the famous hall as a part of a national honor program. It is a rare opportunity to do this once. Twice is something else altogether.

Thanks to community and family support.

McEachern High School orchestra director Michelle Clupper writes:

“Khalil is one of the most dedicated students that I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. He works extremely hard to perfect his skills and always does it with a positive attitude. This opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall for a second time is completely deserved and the McEachern Orchestra will be cheering him on this weekend as he performs under the direction of conductor Douglas Droste.”


Chris Ferrell, Supervisor
Performing Arts – Instrumental Music

Contributing Author: Michelle Clupper, Orchestra Director, McEachern High School and Paul Milliken, Good Day Atlanta, Fox 5 Atlanta

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