2023 Chatelain Young Artist Competition

KCCO is pleased to announce the winner of our 2023 Chatelain Young Artist Competition!

Winner Aaron Tseng and Runner Up Mary So

Aaron Tseng is 16 years old and a junior at Blue Valley North High School. He has studied violin for 11 years with Michael Arbucci 2010-2018, Chia-fei Lin 2018-present, and Professor Benny Kim 2019-present. He participated in the masterclasses of Ken Hamao in 2020, David Colwell in 2021, Zsolt Eder and Dr. Maureen Yuen in 2022. He has studied theory/composition with Dr. Kurt Knecht in 2020 and Dr. Garrett Hope 2020-present. He has participated in BVN school orchestra, Youth Symphony Kansas City, and Heartland Chamber Music. Aaron is concertmaster of YSKC 2018- 2020, winner of Kansas Music Teachers Association State Honors Audition string division 2020, three-year KMEA All-State orchestra member 2020-23, concertmaster of BVN orchestra 2022-23, winner of Overland Park Orchestra Youth Soloist Auditions 2023, and winner of Mid-America Performing Arts Alliance Young String Competition 2023. Aaron aspires to be a musician. He loves to play beautiful music for people. He has one cat and two dogs. 

Civic in the City

An expansion of our outreach efforts initiated by violinist Jennifer Mitchell, “Civic in the City” is a series of recitals prepared and performed in various neighborhoods around the metro area. Debbie Allen, KCCO principal clarinetist, began the program with a series of recitals in her neighborhood in 2020, and it has continued to grow over the last three summers. 

Upcoming Performances

August 25 at 7:00pm
(rain date August 26)
New Longview Farms
904 SW Redbuck Cr.
Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
(new pavilion down the hill from the pool)

September 9 at 4:00pm
(rain date September 10)
Wilshire Clubhouse/Pool
13116 Delmar
Leawood, KS 66209

Previous Performances

A highlight of Civic in the City is the performance of an original composition for string quartet, As The River Flows, written by our own Debbie Allen.  The inspiration for the composition was watching nature unfold in all its glory while sheltering in place, at the onset of the virus.  As The River Flows includes three movements: Life Endures, Nature Restores, and Water Glistens.