Crestview Middle student Eric Chen will compete as a division finalist in the Music Teachers National Association West Central Division Junior Strings.
Having studied the violin for six years, Chen earned this opportunity after winning the Missouri State Junior Strings Competition.
In March 2020, Chen was the winner of Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra “Stars of Tomorrow” concerto competition. COVID-19 prevented Chen from the honor of performing with the orchestra this past October.
In 2018, he was selected by the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis “Share the Stand” program to share a stand with professional musicians. Since then, Chen has shared the stand with many inspiring musicians and performed in 12 concerts over three seasons.
The winner of the division competition will compete in the National Finals which will be a video round this year. National finalists are scheduled to be announced sometime this month.