Mountain Statesman | TCMS student selected to perform at Carnegie Hall

TAYLOR COUNTY—A local talent will take to the big stage in the coming days, after being selected for the 2022 Middle School Honors performance series at Carnegie Hall.

Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) student Parker Biller, son of Chad and Jennifer Biller, has been studying music for six years, and his dedication, dedication and love of the stage and music has helped him rise above the competition from thousands of other students.

Earlier this year, Biller auditioned for the honors performance series, featuring his own rendition of Bing Crosby’s song “More I Cannot Wish You,” from the hit musical guys and dolls.

“I love his style of music and the song was perfect for my lineup,” Biller said.

Pitched against many other talents, Biller was recently accepted after review by the Honors Selection Board. The position is limited to top-rated artists in the college from around the world.

“We process thousands of applications each year, selecting only the most talented performers,” said Marion Gomez, Program Director for the Honors Performance Series. “Being selected for the Honors Performance Series is something every junior finalist should be extremely proud to accomplish.”

Performing at Carnegie Hall is known as the pinnacle of musical achievement, and there is no doubt that Biller’s talent and dedication led to this marvelous achievement.

“I’m so excited to meet other singers from around the world and to have the opportunity to sing in such a prestigious place as Carnegie Hall,” Biller said. “I know this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I won’t take it for granted. I’m so grateful to all of my music teachers, and especially Ms. Chiado, for working with me to prepare the upcoming audition and performance.

On a mission to become a more complete and accomplished performer, the youngster studied voice with Greg DeVito, at the Academy of Arts at Fairmont State University, as well as piano under the tutelage of Carla Engle.

In addition to the piano, Biller also plays guitar.

Biller was also a member of the Taylor County Middle School Choir, under the direction of Sarah Chiado and Duretha Mayle.

And because of both his attention to his craft and his exceptional commitment as a student, he was recently awarded the Christine Schulz Memorial Award for Excellence in Taylor County Middle School Choir and the Lynn Smith Memorial Award, given by Taylor County Middle School 8th grade. teachers, for academics, perseverance, leadership and responsibility.

In addition to music, Biller is also a member of the TCMS cross-country team, plays baseball, and was elected freshman class president for next year at Grafton High School.

Biller, singing as bass, will join other junior finalists in New York from June 15-19 to perform on the big stage. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other junior finalists, and get a taste of New York, including a Broadway show.

“Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a unique experience that these musicians will never forget,” Gomez said.

The Middle School Honors performance series concert will take place on Saturday, June 18 at the Stern Auditorium on the Perelman Stage.

During the event, performers will include the Honors Junior Choir, conducted by Jessica Nápoles; the Honors Junior Orchestra conducted by Angela Woo, conductor; and the Honors Junior Band under Curt Ebersole.

The show is open to the public.

Tickets can be purchased at the Carnegie Hall box office by visiting https://www.carnegiehall.org/Events.

The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented by WorldStrides, the nation’s leading educational travel organization.

From classical musicians and composers, such as Tchaikovsky, Yo Yo Ma and George Gershwin, to artists such as Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Etta James, Louis Armstrong and Patsy Cline, the list of performers who will grace the stage at Carnegie Hall is long. and estimated.

“What an accomplishment this is for Parker,” Chiado said. “I’m so proud of this wonderful young man and can’t wait to see what the future holds for him!”

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