Amelia Schwartz, 16, is excited to be an alternate for her first year with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. She began her musical career at the age of four, when she studied piano under Patricia Weeks Eastman. Amelia furthered her musical career when, at the age of ten, she began to study harp under Megan Stout. Amelia has won many awards for both instruments, including eleven superior ratings for piano with the National Federation of Music Clubs, a gold medal at the local level for the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Solo and Small Ensemble Music Festival, and a silver medal at the state level for the MSHSAA Solo and Small Ensemble Music Festival.
Previously, Amelia participated in the St. Charles County Youth Orchestra (SCCYO) as their principal harpist for two years, and she performed with SCCYO at the Missouri Music Educators Association Annual In-Service Conference in 2022. She currently performs with Cor Jesu Academy’s Symphonic Orchestra as a harpist, pianist, and percussionist. Amelia has also participated in the Community Music School of Webster University’s Young People’s Symphonic Orchestra (YPSO) as a guest harpist and is looking forward to being their principal harpist this upcoming season.
Amelia is entering into her junior year at Cor Jesu Academy. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing fantasy fiction, studying history, playing video games, and hanging out with her younger siblings, Lily and Thomas. Amelia would like to thank her parents, Thomas and Sarah Schwartz, both music educators, who inspired her to begin harp and piano and have supported her the entire way. Amelia would also like to express her gratitude and appreciation for her teachers and mentors: Megan Stout, Patricia Weeks Eastman, Carol Bauer, Shane Williams, Patrick Jackson, as well as her family and friends, all of whom have guided and supported her on this musical journey.