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LHWHS and LMS Musicians Earn Local and National Accolades

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:

Violin 1

Rebecca Lang, Co-Concertmaster, senior

Micaela Chyu, freshman

Emily Shaw, sophomore


Violin 2

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.