MBU Annual Solo Concert

This unique and exciting concert is a collaboration between MBU and St. Charles Community College. This concert will feature the MBU String Ensemble, SCCC Orchestra and solo performances.

MBU Annual Solo Concert
Friday, January 19, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Pillsbury Chapel

Fall Semester Auditions
Sunday, October 15, 2017
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Pillsbury Chapel

News & Updates

Congratulations to the five soloists that will be performing:

Theo Bockhorst

Violin, Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21 mov’t 5 by Edouard Lalo
Theo Bockhorst has been playing the violin since the age of four. He has been exposed to music his whole life, as his mother, and two of his aunts are professional violinists. Currently a 15 year old sophomore at Clayton High School, he has been apart of organizations such as the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra for three seasons, the Missouri All-State Orchestra, and the PREP Program for two seasons, to name a few. He began violin lessons under the direction of Susan McDonald, and continued taking lessons with her until the age of twelve. He now studies with Joo Kim of the St. Louis Symphony. Theo thanks all of his friends, family, and teachers for assisting him on his perpetual endeavor to play the violin to the best of his ability.

Molly Prow

Viola, Romanze in F major, Op. 85 by Max Bruch
Molly Prow, born in the Jiangxi province of China, has grown up in Kirkwood, Missouri. As a violist, Molly has performed in St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Kirkwood High School Symphonic Orchestra, Nipher Middle School Orchestra and as a soloist and chamber musician for both her school and local ensembles. She is excited to perform during her second season with SLSYO as co-principal.
She was principal of the Young People’s Concert Orchestra in the Webster University’s Community Music School for two years under Patrick Jackson, the current conductor. In her first year at CMS, she was as a member of its String Ensemble. She also has participated in the CMS summer Chamber and Young Composer programs and is currently enrolled in its Preparatory Program.
Prow began her viola studies at the age of ten under Anna Lackschewitz. She now studies with Joanna Mendoza, member of the Arianna String Quartet and Associate Professor of Viola at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Molly has received honors ratings at the Missouri State Solo and Ensemble Festivals. In 2016, she was one of three musicians to win the Young-Artists Competition and invited to perform a solo with the University City Symphony Orchestra.
In Spring 2016, Prow performed with the Nipher Middle School Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She will be performing there again with the Kirkwood High School Symphonic Orchestra in Spring 2017.
Prow has performed solos and in chamber groups at the Innsbrook Institute & Music Festival in Missouri (2015 and 2016), the Arianna Chamber Music Festival in St. Louis (2016), the Green Lake Music Festival in Green Lake, Wisconsin (2015). She studied with the St. Louis Symphony’s Beth Guterman Chu at Innsbrook, and Renee Scherik and Pamela Cornell while in Green Lake.
In Summer 2016, she was accepted at Boston University Tanglewood Institute where she studied with Michelle LaCourse during an intensive two-week viola workshop.
Prow is a proud recipient of music scholarships from Kirkwood Orchestra Parent Association (KOPA) and G.A. Jr. & Kathryn M. Buder Charitable Foundation.

Stephanie Frosch

Flute, Flute Concerto No. 2, K. 314 mov’t 3 by W.A. Mozart
Stephanie Frosch, flutist, is a private music teacher in the St Charles area. She has been teaching privately for over 23 years. Stephanie is committed to helping young musicians reach their potential. She is on staff with the St Charles High school Band program, assisting with the woodwinds during the marching and concert band seasons. She also gives flute clinics at area schools.
Stephanie has been studying flute for over 25 years. She studied with Dr. Nancy Gillette in Peoria, IL and at Western Illinois University. She plans to go back to school to get her to work towards a Master’s in Music, so that she may become a full time music teacher.
Currently, Stephanie performs with the SCC Concert Band and the SCC Orchestra. She has also performed with the FVCC Orchestra, the Alton Symphony Orchestra, at weddings, special events, and with Church orchestras.

Alex Cho

Cello, Cello Concerto, Op. 85, mov’t 4 by Edward Elgar
Alex Cho is currently a 10th grader at Marquette High School. He has been studying the cello for 7 years. Alex began studying the cello with Yun-Yang Lin when he lived in Connecticut. Since moving to St. Louis in 2012, he has been learning from Dr. Catherine Lehr. He has been participating in several Orchestras over the past few years such as the Young People’s Concert Orchestra (2012-2014), the Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra (2014-2016), and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra (2015-Present). Alex has served as the Principal Cellist of the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, and last year, he was the Assistant Principal Cellist of the STL Youth Symphony. This year he is serving as the Co-Principal Cellist of the STL Youth Symphony. Alex has also been participating in the Preparatory Program at Webster University Community Music School (Director, Ms. Vera Parkins) since 2014. During the past year, he won the Belleville Symphony Concerto competition and earned honorable mentions at the UMSL Junior Division Competition and MTNA Junior String division Competition. This year, Alex has won the Second Annual Solo Competition, sponsored by the Missouri Baptist University and St. Charles Community College, with the fourth movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto. Alex deeply appreciates his teachers and many wonderful people such as friends and family who have helped him reach so many achievements.
In his spare time, he attends swim practice, plays basketball, and hangs out with his friends.

Madeline DeGeest

Piano, Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15, mov’t 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Madeline, age 12, is a homeschooled seventh grader. She moved from Belgium to St. Louis at age 2. Madeline’s love for music was undeniable from when she was just a baby: the only way to soothe her was with Bach music and especially with his Arioso. She currently studies piano with Ms. Zena Ilyashov. Madeline is the 2017 State Winner of the MTNA Junior Piano Competition and is the 2017 Mary Stillwell Young Artists’ Concerto Competition Guild Award winner from the Alton Symphony Orchestra.

Madeline also plays the violin and is currently the youngest member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. She studies with Mr. Joe Kaminsky and made her orchestral solo debut with the violin as a winner of the 2016 Missouri Baptist Solo Concerto Competition.

Madeline is also strongly interested in composing and conducting. In 2015, two of her compositions, “Waterfall” and “Mysterious” were performed at Webster, while studying with Mr. John Thomas. She studies conducting under Dr. Robert Hart Baker.
Madeline’s hobbies include hiking, exploring nature, doing math, reading science books, and drawing cartoons.
Madeline would like to extend special thanks to her incredible teachers, her mom Christine, and pianist Michael Lu for their support and inspiration.

CFA 104 on Tuesday (January 16, 7 – 9 pm)
Chapel on Wednesday (January 17, 7 – 9 pm)
Chapel on Thursday (January 18, 7 – 9 pm)

Monday, January 15, the String Ensemble only will rehearse without soloists in the Performance Hall.