William Wexford Grogan, a rising junior, has been selected for the 2022 High School Honors Performance Series at the Musikverein. He will perform Bass in early August with the High School Honors Ensemble. Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rate high school performers from across the world.
Will auditioned for the Honors Performance Series earlier this year and was recently accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in his application and audition recording. He has studied music for over 13 years and is a member of the Episcopal School of Dallas Concert Choir, All-Region, and All-State Honor Choir, and a past performer with the High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York.
In response to his selection as a Finalist, Will said, "I am excited to perform in one of the world's preeminent venues, which opened in 1870 to international accolades, and continues to set the standard today for acoustic excellence. The 'Golden Hall' in the Musikverein is regarded as the crown jewel among the world's concert halls, and it will be a privilege to perform in a venue that has hosted internationally acclaimed performers since the 19th century."
Will joins 200 performers from 43 United States, China, Canada, and Qatar for a special performance at the world-famous Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. The finalists will come together for six days in late-July to early August They will rehearse with world-renowned conductors, and work with other Finalists on the seven-piece repertoire, all while experiencing the astounding acoustics and beauty of the Musikverein. The Honors Ensemble Performance will take place Monday, August 1, and is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Musikverein box office.
"After having performances worldwide impacted for over a year, we are excited to bring the Honors Performance Series to the Musikverein. Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing”, said Marion Gomez, Program Director for the Honors Performance Series. "We processed nearly 10,000 nominations this year and have selected 200 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at the Musikverein is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians will never forget.”
The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in world-renowned venues.