The April Civic Orchestra concert is always a special one as it showcases the young talents of tomorrow. In addition to 8th grade students from the Parkway Northeast Middle School Orchestra performing alongside members of the Civic, the upcoming concert will feature special guests, Anna Zhong and Sophie Thorpe, winners of our 2018-2019 Florence Frager Young Artist Competition.

The April concert will be held on Sunday, April 7th at 7 PM at the Purser Center on the campus of Logan University. Tickets are available for purchase online, or by visiting the box office the day of the show.

Anna Zhong

Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Saint-Saens

A junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Anna Zhong is the co-concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, which she joined in sixth grade. Now a student of Joo Kim, she began playing the violin when she was five and was a student of Ann Setzer at Meadowmount School of Music in the summer of 2017.

Anna is currently enrolled in the Preparatory Program at Community Music School of Webster University (CMS), and has been a member of CMS orchestras as well as the Missouri All-State Orchestra. She has won the Missouri Baptist University and St. Charles Community College (SCC) Solo Competition, the SCC Solo Competition, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) State Junior Strings, and the Philharmonic Society of Belleville Stars of Tomorrow Competition. At the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, her CMS quartet was a quarter-finalist. It also received an honorable mention at MTNA State Senior Strings.

Sophie Thorpe

Danse sacrée et danse profane, Debussy

Sophie Thorpe, a senior at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, has been studying the harp for seven years, the last five under the instruction of Megan Stout. She is currently in her third year as the principal harpist of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and has attended various harp and orchestra summer programs, such as the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony at Curtis Summerfest and the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute. This summer she looks forward to being a part of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and in the fall plans to double major in music and math in college.

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