A west El Paso high school student just beat out hundreds of other candidates from all over the country for a very unique opportunity in a virtual Master Class.

The Philadelphia International Music Festival's virtual Master Class will now feature a Coronado High School student, Andrew Griñé. Andrew submitted a video, along with hundreds of other aspiring musicians from all over the United States of America and he was selected as one of the winners, landing Andrew a spot among other great musicians in the virtual master class.

The Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF) is a summer music program directed by Kimberly Fisher, Principal Second Violin of The Philadelphia Orchestra, offering student musicians from around the world the unique opportunity to spend up to four weeks immersed in music education and performance training with members of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra.

Our outstanding summer music programs include: private lessons; master classes and faculty recitals with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra; daily orchestra, ensemble and chamber music rehearsals; daily course electives including: conducting, choir, composition, sight-reading, music theory, ear training, fiddle music, and jazz ensemble; ample solo performance and competition opportunities..."

Griñé auditioned before a world-wide, virtual audience from here in El Paso.  He told KVIA that, as great an honor as this is, he still sees many opportunities for himself and his future that may not include music. He is definitely keeping his options open while taking advantage of the amazing opportunity before him right now.

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