YoungArts selects Bhasker

Hansini Bhasker

Hansini Bhasker

Greenwich High School student Hansini Bhasker of Old Greenwich from has been named a National Young Arts Foundation finalist in vocal.

Selected out of more than 11,000 applications from students nationwide in ten artistic disciplines across the literary, visual, design and performing arts fields, Hansini has been recognized for her outstanding work and accomplishments.

She joins 786 winners from 46 states, and is one of the approximately 170 finalists who came together for the 34th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami from Jan. 4 to 11.

“I congratulate all 786 winners and look forward to welcoming the finalists to our campus in January and getting to know this vibrant and passionate group of artists during National YoungArts Week,” said Paul T. Lehr, president & CEO of the National YoungArts Foundation. “These are our nation’s next big names, from Hollywood to Broadway, from museum walls to fashion runways, and I always look forward to seeing where all of our winners end up.”

Hansini is a senior and high honors student at GHS. Besides receiving an AP Scholar with Honors award in 11th grade, she has received numerous awards and commendations including being selected as a National Merit Scholar semifinalist and a National Young Arts Foundation finalist.

She is an accomplished musician, both a vocalist (soprano) and a flautist, having represented GHS at Connecticut All-State and Western Regional Festivals from 2012 to 2014, and All New England Festival in 2013.  She placed first in the New York Lyric Opera National Competition in the High School Division in her junior year and placed as a semifinalist at the National level Classical Singer competition in both her sophomore and junior years.

During National YoungArts Week, finalists will participate in a week of intense master classes and workshops with internationally renowned artists. Throughout the week, the finalists’ work will be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels including a monetary award ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. They will also have the opportunity to share their work with the public through performances and exhibitions at New World Center and on the YoungArts campus.

For more information, visit Youngarts.org, facebook.com/YoungArtsFoundation or twitter.com/YoungArts.

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