BVA's Brazon selected for elite honors chorus
Performing on stage comes natural to Belle Vernon Area High School junior Brian Brazon.
After all, he had his first solo performance when he was just 9-years-old.
His years of hard work and dedication are paying off as he was selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Honors Choir on April 7.
He will be among more than 780 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region performing at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, Conn.
The event consists of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble voice chorus, and jazz ensemble, all organized by members of the association.
Each of the state music educators associations in the Eastern Division oversee the selection process in their state during the spring and early fall of the year before the event and compile ranked lists of recommended juniors and seniors for consideration. The method used to compile the lists varies from state to state, although all recommended students must have participated (or will be participating in) their home all-state festivals.
He is he son of Tami and David Brazon of Rostraver Township.
Michael Rozell, his choral director at Belle Vernon Area High School, believes Brazon is on the path to success.
Rozell said Brian first auditioned for the All-Eastern Honors Choir as a sophomore.
“This is a huge honor for him,” he said.
Brian placed first among all of the sophomores and juniors that auditioned. He is the first BVA student to make it to the All-Eastern Honors Choir.
A bass II, Brazon's singing voice has the lowest vocal range of all voice types.
He describes his tone as “rich” with a classical flavor to it - perfect for Broadway or opera music.
He said he began singing as a young boy in the choir at the Church of St. Anne in Rostraver Township.
Impressed with his talent, church officials asked him to sing the solo for Easter services when he was 9-years-old.
“They were all shocked when they heard my voice,” he said.
He has been singing ever since.
He was a member of the Children's Festival Chorus for six years, the Jr. Mendelssohn Choir for two years, the concert, honors, all-star, district and regional choir, and the marching and symphonic bands.
A highest honors student, he is the gifted program and the National Honor Society.
He has extensive experience in musicals as well. He will portray the Rev. Shaw in BVA's spring musical, “Footloose” this Thursday through Sunday.
He has also had lead roles in “Annie Get Your Gun,” as Frank Butler, “The Crucible,” as John Proctor, and played the starring role in “Oliver.”
He was also in the CLO”s production of “Peter Pan,” at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh.
When he's not performing, Brian is busy with his many sports activities. He is a member of the BVA track and field team. He is a WPIAL qualifier and letterman, and a USATF national medalist in high jump.
He is also a member of the Mon Valley Speedsters and is a third degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.
Among his awards and accomplishments, he won first place in the gifted vocal competition in Westmoreland County and the Outstanding Young Vocal Artist Westmoreland County.
He was a soloist at a Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park and at Heinz Hall under the direction of the late Marvin Hamlisch. He has performed in four operas with the Pittsburgh Opera.
In addition to private voice lessons, he take piano and guitar lessons.
Although he isn't sure yet what his plans will include after high school, he knows that he will be pursuing his passion for music.
Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.