When Blach Intermediate School student William Healzer taps his fingers on his trumpet at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June, he’s going to be more inspired than nervous. After auditioning for the 2014 Middle School Honors Performance Series, organizers last month selected the 13-year-old for a coveted seat in the orchestra.
“I am most excited about meeting kids from all over North America and joining together in creating music,” William said. “I am also excited to play in Carnegie Hall, where Tchaikovsky has conducted.”
Although this may be William’s first time playing in such a grand venue, he’s not new to performing. Since picking up the trumpet at the age of 9, William has been honing his brass skills as a member of a variety of youth orchestras. He currently plays with the San Jose Youth Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the California All-State Honor Band for several years.
The eighth-grader credits the integral role of music in his early childhood with inspiring his passion. He attended many concerts before taking to the keys of the piano at the age of 5. William’s sister plays the harp and piano, so his Los Altos home is never without the sound of baroque melodies or the songs of Monteverdi Brass, his favorite band as of late.
He said his love of music is rooted in how the “universal language” makes him feel.
“I enjoy meeting new people through music and immediately connecting with them through playing together,” William said.
When he’s not practicing songs on his trumpet or rehearsing with an orchestra, William can be found tinkering with molecular gastronomy in the kitchen or watching college football or basketball.