Rancho Santa Fe-area student receives national honor


Torrey Pines High School student Anita Chen has been named one of only 43 Emerson Scholars and will receive a full scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s “premier summer arts program” for aspiring young musicians. Emerson scholars are selected from among the top applicants to the competitive summer arts program.

Chen, 17, will attend Interlochen Arts Camp this summer to study the violin and perform with distinguished youth ensembles. She is the daughter of Li-Han Chen and Shu-Hui Chang. She takes private violin lessons with Michael, Irina and Pasha Tseitlin. Chen has served as the assistant concertmaster in the San Diego Youth Symphony and plays in the International Youth Symphony. She plans to double major in music and science in college. Chen looks forward to the musical atmosphere at Interlochen this summer.

“I know there is a lot to be learned from playing in a new setting with such a diverse group of people. I’ve heard a lot about Interlochen and I know that it will be the highlight of my summer,” Chen said.

Sponsored by Emerson of St. Louis, the Emerson Scholar Program provides the opportunity for outstanding high school musicians to attend Interlochen Arts Camp, located in northwest Michigan. The Emerson Scholars Award provides full tuition, private lessons, and room and board for the six-week summer program. This is the 23rd year Emerson has sponsored the scholarship program.

“Every year, Interlochen Arts Camp brings together some of the most talented and motivated students from around the world,” said Interlochen President Jeffrey S. Kimpton. “Thanks to the generosity of Emerson, we are able to extend even more opportunities to talented young artists by providing them with an experience unlike any other.”

To be eligible for the Emerson Scholarship, students must be in grades nine through 12 and demonstrate exceptional skill and proficiency on harp, string, wind or percussion instruments. Upon arrival to the Arts Camp, Emerson Scholars contribute their talent and energy to one of Interlochen’s highly-regarded youth ensembles, including the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. This year, the orchestra will perform with world-renowned musicians including pianist Awadagin Pratt and cellist Anthony Ross. The group is conducted by the dynamic Jung Ho Pak and will also welcome guest conductors Osmo Vanska, music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, and JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

“To be recognized as an Emerson Scholar puts these students in a most elite and prestigious group of talented people,” said Kimpton. “It is quite an honor, not only for the students themselves, but also for the people and places that helped them to become the promising young musicians they are.”

For admissions information, call 231-276-7472, or visit Interlochen online at or