Camerton String Quartet to Appear on NPR’s “From the Top”

| June 4, 2012

Camerton String Quartet

The Camerton String Quartet and horn player Shelby Nugent of the Preparatory Program (PREP) of the Community Music School of Webster University will appear on a national broadcast of “From the Top” on NPR, the preeminent showcase for America’s best young classical musicians, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley.

The Cameron Quartet’s episode will air locally on St. Louis Public Radio (90.7) on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 7 p.m. Shelby Nugent’s episode will air on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at 7 p.m. From the Top’s 2011-12 National Tour is sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

The Camerton String Quartet members include: Rebekah Heckler, Godfrey, Ill., violin (home school); Julia Son, Ballwin, Mo., violin (Marquette High School); Sean Byrne, Chesterfield, Mo., viola (Parkway Central High School); and Nomin Zolzaya, St. Louis, Mo., cello (home school).

In February 2012, the Quartet placed first in the String Division and Overall in the Open Division at the Midwest Young Artists 5th Annual Discover National Chamber Music Competition. The Camerton String Quartet performed “Allegro furioso” from the String Quartet No. 10, Op. 118 by Dmitri Shostakovich on From the Top.

Shelby Nugent, Waterloo, Ill., horn (Waterloo High School) recently won second place at the International Horn Society Premier Soloist Competition in Denton, Texas.  Shelby was one of five finalists that competed at the international competition on May 16, 2012. Shelby performed “Movement I:  Massig beweg” from the Sonata for Horn and Piano by Paul Hindemith on From the Top.

[Photo caption: Camerton Quartet members, from left: Nomin Zolzaya, Sean Byrne, Rebekah Heckler, & Julia Son]

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What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio.  Broadcast on over 200 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly 700,000 listeners each week, From the Top has been described by the Boston Globe as, “an entertaining, accessible and inspirational mix of outstanding musical performances, informal interviews, skits and games; the show is a celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers leading fairly normal lives.”  Learn more at

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.  PREP Artistic Director and Founder Vera Parkin was named the St. Louis Symphony Educator of the Year for 2011.

Founded in 1925, CMS offers outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students of all ages and abilities and serves the entire St. Louis metropolitan region and beyond. Classes are available at CMS headquarters located on the Webster University campus in Webster Groves, at Faust Park in West County, and in University City.  For more information, call 314-968-5939.

From the Top’s radio program is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and support from U.S. Trust.  It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations as well as public radio stations.  From the Top’s radio program is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner.

The Community Music School of Webster University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is a certified member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.   The Community Music School receives assistance from the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis and the Regional Arts Commission.  The Preparatory Program of the Community Music School receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a government agency.

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