A pair of Ladue Horton Watkins High School students have been selected to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Concert Band.
Senior Pema Childs (clarinet) and junior Roshen Chatwal (horn, alternate) are among the nation’s top-performing high school musicians who earned a chair in the group.
The Concert Band is one of NAfME’s All-National Honor Ensembles, a group which also includes a Symphony Orchestra, Mixed Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, and Modern Band.
Locally, 20 LHWHS students and one Ladue Middle School student have earned a spot in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra.
The honorees include:
Rebecca Lang, Co-Concertmaster, senior
Micaela Chyu, freshman
Emily Shaw, sophomore
Ryan Tung, junior
Daniel Xu, junior
Mara Welch, alternate, freshman
Franklin Liu, senior
Daniel Diringer, senior
Bryson Liang, sophomore
Benjamin Wang, senior
Daphne Levy, senior
Pema Childs, senior
Catherine Liao, alternate, senior
Daniel Byer, junior
Charles Randall, 8th grade
Benjamin Weppler, senior
Roshen Chatwal, junior
Bryce Bernstein, alternate, junior
Drew Eickel, junior (not pictured)
Alexander Zhou, senior
Gramm Raedeke, alternate, sophomore
As part of their selection, these students will rehearse and perform challenging orchestral repertoire under the direction of the SLSO Resident Conductor.
They also will receive regular coaching and mentoring from the world-class musicians of the SLSO.
The Youth Orchestra was founded in 1970, and features approximately 100 young musicians from the bi-state region between the ages of 12 and 22 each year.