TAYLOR COUNTY—A local talent will be performing on 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 the past six years, and his dedication, devotion and love of both performing and music, has helped him outshine the competition of thousands of other students.
Earlier this year, Biller auditioned for the Honors Performance Series, with his own rendition of the song “More I Cannot Wish You,” by Bing Crosby, from the hit musical Guys and Dolls.
“I just love his style of music, and the song was perfect for my range,” Biller expressed.
Contending against numerous other talents, Biller was recently accepted after review by the Honors Selection Board. The position is limited to the highest-rated middle school performers from across the world.
“We process thousands of nominations annually, selecting only the most talented performers,” said Marion Gomez, Program Director for the Honors Performance Series. “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Junior Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing.”
Performing at Carnegie Hall is known as a pinnacle of musical achievement, and it is without doubt that Biller’s talent and dedication led to this wonderful achievement.
“I’m so excited to meet other singers from around the world and to get 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 will not take it for granted. I’m so grateful to all my music teachers, and especially Mrs. Chiado, for working with me to prepare for the audition and for the upcoming performance.”
On a mission to become a more well-rounded and accomplished performer, the youth studied voice with Greg DeVito, as the Fairmont State University Academy of Arts, as well as piano under the tutelage of Carla Engle.
In addition to 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 outstanding 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, by the 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 a bass, will join other Junior Finalists in New York City from June 15-19, to perform on the grand stage. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other Junior Finalists and get a taste of New York City, including a Broadway show.
“Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians will never forget,” said Gomez.
The Middle School Honors Performance Series concert will take place Saturday, June 18, in Stern Auditorium on the Perelman Stage.
During the event, performers will include the Honors Junior Choir, under the direction of Jessica Nápoles; the Honors Junior Orchestra led by Angela Woo, Conductor; and the Honors Junior Band under the leadership of Curt Ebersole.
The performance is open to the public.
Tickets can be purchased through 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 to grace the stage at Carnegie Hall is long and esteemed.
“What an accomplishment this is for Parker,” voiced Chiado. “I am just so proud of this wonderful young man and can’t wait to see what the future holds for him!”