Blind since birth due to a rare genetic disease, Beals Island teen Noah Carver recevntly was among high school music students selected to perform early next year at Carnegie Hall. COURTESY OF WASHINGTON ACADEMY

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EAST MACHIAS — Blind tenor Noah Carver, son of Buzz and Suzanne Carver of Beals Island, will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City early next year.

The Washington Academy sophomore was selected to be a member of the Honors Performance Series, a group of high school music students who will perform, tour New York City and attend a Broadway play of their choice Thursday-Monday Jan. 30-Feb. 3 in 2020.

This is Carver’s first year at Washington Academy in East Machias. His mother, Suzanne Carver, praised music teacher Bonnie Atkinson, who heads the school’s music department.

“Mrs. Atkinson and the music program at Washington Academy were a huge factor in Noah’s decision to attend the school,” she said.

Atkinson also praised Carver.

“Noah has been an amazing gift to our school,” she said. “He is so thankful and feels lucky to be able to attend Washington Academy, but we are lucky to have him for not only his musical ability, but his kindness, thoughtfulness, and confidence.”

Blind since birth due to a condition called Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, Carver has cleared many hurdles in his quest to live life fully. He skies, rides horseback, runs cross-country, plays piano and pursues other endeavors.

Aged 15 now, Carver was inspired to apply for the Honors Performance Series by his friend Josh Pratt of Brunswick High School while attending a Maine All-State Music event as a freshman last year. Carver, who performed as a tenor in a soprano, alto, tenor, bass (SATB) choir, was the first person in the history of the Maine All-State to audition by site reading braille music.

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