"For the Love of Music ...Since 1866"

We feature our Stars of Tomorrow Concerto winners from 2022.

Gioachino Rossini: William Tell Overture

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 25, 3rd mvt
 EMMAUS TZENG, piano, age 12, honorable mention 

Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 22, 1st mvt

LUCY CHEN piano, age 14,  winner 

Franz Hoffmeister: Viola Concerto in D major, 1st mvt
JOHN TOBIN viola, age 18, winner 

Edouard Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21, 1st mvt

AIDEN MOON violin, age 14, winner 


Antonin Dvorák: Symphony No.8 in G major, Op. 88

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Belleville, IL 62220

​​​​​Artist Profiles

Emmaus Tzeng

Honorable Mention Winner of the Belleville Philharmonic Society 2022 “Stars of Tomorrow Competition”, pianist Emmaus Tzeng is 12 years old and in the 6th grade at Central Christian School.  He has studied piano with Laura Schindler since the Fall of 2015.  Emmaus has received many piano awards:  “Superior Trophy” in the “Arch Cup Festival”;  third place, 2018, second place, 2019, in the On-Line “Masters of Sonata Piano Competition”; 2021, 1st Prize in the On-Line “Best Schubert Performance”; “Honorable Mention” in 2018, and a “Finalist” in 2019 in Div.1 of the prestigious “New York Steinway Piano Competition”.  In the MMTA State Piano Auditions, Emmaus was “1st Place Trophy Winner” for Piano Ensemble in grades 1-3, and 4-6; “1st Place Trophy Winner” for Solo Piano   in grades 3 and 5, and, in November 2021, Emmaus was again the “1st Place Trophy Winner” for both Solo Piano in grade 6B and Piano Ensemble in grades 4-6 in the MMTA State Piano Competition held at the University of Missouri/Columbia.  On March 20, 2022, Emmaus was a Winner in the University City Symphony “William Schatzkamer Concerto Competition” and performed the third movement of the Mendelssohn G minor piano Concerto with that orchestra on May 15, 2022.  Emmaus also enjoys math, science, gardening, and accompanying his sister, Jemima, on the violin.​

Lucy Chen

A winner of the Belleville Philharmonic Society 2022 “Stars Of Tomorrow Competition”, pianist Lucy Chen is 14 years old and in the 9th grade at Ladue High School in St Louis, MO.  She has studied piano with Laura Schindler since 2013.  Lucy has received many piano awards:  In the MMTA State Piano Competitions - “1st Place Trophy” for “Solo Piano” in 2nd grade, 5th grade, and 7th grade;  “1st Place Trophy” for “Piano Ensemble” in grades 1-3, 7-9, and most recently, in November of 2021, Lucy was again the “1st Place Trophy Winner” for “Piano Ensemble” at the MMTA State Competition held at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Lucy has also received “Honorable Mention” in Div.1 of the “SLAMTA Young Artists” and was Second Place “Silver Medal Winner” in the prestigious “New York Steinway Piano Competition” in both 2018 and 2019.

Lucy has performed in Master Class for Javor Bracic of Queens College-New York, Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz of UMKC, and Brian Woods, as a Winner of the “SLAMTA Master Class Competitions”.  On Dec.19, 2019, Lucy performed the First Movement of the Haydn D Major Piano Concerto with the Alton Symphony Orchestra as a “Deborah Fox Guild Award Winner”.   She makes her debut with the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra performing the 3rd mvt of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25. Lucy also enjoys reading and volleyball.

John Tobin

John Tobin, 19, is a violist from St. Louis, Missouri. Before playing viola, he studied violin for 9 years, studying primarily with Alison Harney of the St. Louis Symphony. He participated in Webster University Community Music School's Young People's Concert and Symphonic Orchestra for 6 years, acting as concertmaster for the latter. Since switching to viola, he has studied with Chris Tantillo of the St. Louis Symphony. His primary musical love is for chamber music, and enjoys reading and performing quartets and other chamber arrangements, and frequently enjoys playing string sextets as a founding member of the St. Louis based Ursa Ensemble. Outside of music, John works at St. Louis Strings and has a passion for learning about the intricacies of stringed instruments, including makers and their backgrounds, maintenance, and history of the violin family. His hobbies include cycling, obsessing over Star Wars, and film photography. He would like to extend a thank you to his teachers: Alison Harney and Chris Tantillo, his family, and his grandparents, for their unwavering support of his musical journey.

Aiden Moon

Aiden Moon is an 8th grader at Parkway Central Middle School. His first experience with music comes from playing the piano at the age of 5.  He started learning the violin at the age of 8 and currently studies with Joo Kim. Aiden is a member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and is concertmaster of his school’s Honors and Chambers Orchestra.

Aiden has participated in various music festivals and competitions for both violin and piano, receiving an Honorable Mention from the 2021 MTNA Junior String Competition, as well as other accolades for piano from MTNA Junior Piano, MMTA, and the Great Composer Competitions.

Aside from music, he loves to read mystery novels, watch movies, get bubble tea with friends, and does Taekwondo as well.

Stars of Tomorrow

Saturday, October 22, 2022

7:30 pm

St. Matthew United Methodist Church

1200 Moreland Dr., Belleville, IL

Dr. Robert Hart Baker

Music Director

John Tobin


Emmaus Tzeng


Aiden Moon


Lucy Chen