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PVCC Music Student Selected to Perform in Vienna, Austria

PVCC Music Student Selected to Perform in Vienna, Austria

Brandon Berg, a music major at Paradise Valley Community College, has been selected to perform with the 2020 Young Adult Honors Performance Series at Musikverein next June in Vienna, Austria. As a major in Percussion Performance and Composition, Brandon will play percussion with the Young Adult Honors Wind Ensemble, an honor limited to the highest-rated, 18-to-25-year-old instrumentalists from around the world.

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“I’m honored to have been selected to perform in Vienna, especially since it’s during the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday,” he said.

Brandon began studying music when he was five years old and has performed at renowned establishments such as Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House, as well as in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band. He was selected for the elite group earlier this year after review by the Honors Selection Board. His acceptance is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in his application and audition recording.

“Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing,” said Matt Castrina, vice president for the Honors Performance Series. “We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and selected over 30 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at Musikverein is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians will never forget.”

Brandon will join others from across the globe, including 21 from the United States and several provinces of Canada, for a special performance at the world-famous, 150-year-old venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement. The finalists will come together in Vienna for six days where they will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other finalists, and get a taste of musical history in Vienna.

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual young performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in world renowned venues. The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented by WorldStrides, the nation’s leading educational travel organization. Learn more by visiting and

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