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Congratulations to all the young people who will share the Chattanooga stage on April 26th!


John Burton (17), trumpet
A resident of Cleveland, Tennessee, John attends Walker Valley High School. He studies with Tina Erickson and is principal trumpet in the Chattanooga Symphony Youth Orchestra as well as the Chattanooga Symphony Youth Brass Quintet. John was a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition and a winner in last year’s Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition. John has many odd talents, which include unicycling, juggling, and entertaining with a yo-yo. Click here for a preview of John's trumpet talent!

Thomas West (16), baritone
A vocolist from Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Thomas attends the McCallie School. He studies with Georgia Boy Choir conductor David White and sings in five ensembles at school and one at church. He has toured with the Atlanta Boy Choir for three summers. Thomas also plays the piano for the Girls Preparatory School/McCallie honors orchestra and plays the guitar and dulcimer. In his free time, Thomas loves playing ultimate Frisbee and enjoys musicals.  Click here to hear Thomas' melodious voice! 


Jerry Feng (16), piano
Jerry lives in Knoxville, Tennessee and attends Oak Ridge High School. He studies with Dr. David Brunell and plays in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as in his high school honors orchestra and string quartet. Jerry has attended the Governor’s School for the Arts and the Heritage Music Festival. Jerry is also kept busy with his five AP courses and enjoys video games and hanging out with friends.


Alina Ming Kobialka (15), violin
Alina resides in San Francisco, California and attends the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. She studies with Wei He at the San Francisco Conservatory and is the co-concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Alina has attended the summer program at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. Aside from the violin, Alina loves exercising, quiet walks, reading and swimming.



Camerton String Quartet
Based in St Louis, Missouri, the Camerton String Quartet is coached by Vera Parkin, founding director of the Preparatory Program for Gifted Students at Webster University’s Community Music School. The quartet is comprised of 17-year-old violist Sean Byrne from Chesterfield, 16-year-old violinist Rebekah Heckler from Godfrey, 15-year-old violinist Julia Son, and 18-year-old cellist Nomin Zolzaya from St. Louis. The quartet, whose members study in the Preparatory Program for Gifted Students, was selected to receive a master class with the Euclid Quartet. They are winners of the 2012 Midwest Young Artists Discover National Chamber Music Competition.


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