Community Music School String Quartet Wins First Place at National Chamber Music Competition

| February 22, 2012

The Camerton String Quartet

The Camerton String Quartet of the Preparatory Program (PREP) of the Community Music School of Webster University placed first in the string division and first overall in the Open Division at the Feb. 19 Midwest Young Artists 5th Annual Discover National Chamber Music Competition in Highland Park, Ill.

Members of the Quartet include: Rebekah Heckler on violin; Julia Son on violin; Sean Byrne on viola; and Nomin Zolzaya on cello.

For the competition, the quartet performed Shostakovich String Quartet No. 10, Op. 118, II. Allegro furioso, and Brahms String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2, I. Allegro ma non troppo.

The annual competition is designed to provide an educational as well as a competitive experience for young chamber ensembles. It is open to chamber ensembles in the 12th grade and younger and is comprised of two divisions: Open and MYA.

The competition is open to all instruments and is divided into the following two categories: Strings and Piano and All Other Instruments (brass, percussion, voice, winds). Contestants competed for over $5,000 in cash prizes and scholarships and the winner of each division will perform in a Winners Recital Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. in the Chicago Cultural Center.

The Community Music School’s Preparatory Program is for gifted high school music students pursuing a career in music. The program’s excellence has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts with three grants, including one for $28,000 for 2011-12. PREP Artistic Director and Founder Vera Parkin was named the St. Louis Symphony Educator of the Year for 2011.

For more information, see Press Release [PDF].

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