APS Scholarship Concert | Webster University

Artist Presentation Society Scholarship Concert

February 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Ilya Rice on piano and Aaron Zoll on percussion

Presentation of Awards and Reception to follow.


Great Room at the Church of St. Michael and St. George | 6345 Wydown Blvd. | Clayton, MO . 63105

Free and open to the public

The Artist Presentation Society (APS) and the Community Music School (CMS) of Webster University are proud to feature Ilya Rice (13), piano (Ilyashov) and Aaron Zoll (17), percussion (Elstner) in concert on February 17, 2019 at the Great Room of the Church of St. Michael and St. George in Clayton. Mr. Zoll and Mr. Rice are winners of the first APS Scholarship Competition for CMS students.

Concert Repertoire:

Ilya Rice, piano

  • Le Rappel des Oiseaaux by Jean-Philippe Rameau
  • Sonata No. 9 in E Major, op. 14 no. 1: I. Allegro by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Etude op. 25, no. 1 by Frederic Chopin
  • Two Poems, op. 32 by Alexander Scriabin

Aaron Zoll, percussion

  • Ballad for the Dance by Saul Goodman
  • "March" from Eight Pieces for Four Timpani by Elliot Carter
  • Étude #8 by Jacques Delecluse
  • Drum Corps on Parade by John S. Pratt
  • Virginia Tate for Solo Marimba by Paul Smadbeck
  • Mexican Dance #2 by Gordon Stout

About the Winners

Ilya Rice

13-year-old llya Rice is a rising seventh grader at Ladue Middle School, and has studied piano with Zena llyashov for the past seven years. In April, llya was the 2018 Division I winner for the St. Louis Area Music Teachers Association Young Artist Competition, and as part of his prize, he performed in the Winners Concert at the Winifred Moore Auditorium at Webster University in October.  llya is a multi-year winner of the Missouri State Piano Competition for his grade level, and has participated in the Sonatina Festival. llya also plays tennis competitively, and his tennis team just advanced to the sectionals (multi-state competition) of the U.S.T.A. Team tennis.  In his spare time, llya likes to play baseball and spend time with friends and family.

Aaron Zoll

18-year-old Aaron Zoll is a junior at Clayton High School and has studied music since the age of five. He began his musical studies by playing piano and transitioned to percussion in 6th grade studying with Erin Elstner at the Community Music School.  Aaron has performed with the All-Suburban Band (7th - 11th grade) and has participated in the All-State Band and the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra for the past three years.  He has performed with the Bi-State band (freshman year), Solo and Ensemble Festival (both districts and state), MMPAT, and the Clayton High School jazz band. During his sophomore year, he placed second at MMPAT with the guest judge, She-E Wu. During the summer of 2017, he attended a summer music camp at Northwestern University, studying with percussionist She-E Wu. This summer, he toured Europe with the Missouri Ambassadors of Music, visiting London, Paris, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Venice, and Germany. Aaron wishes to study math and music in college.

About the Artist Presentation Society

Since its inception in 1947, Artist Presentation Society has encouraged and promoted exceptional young musicians, giving them public performance opportunities in the early stages of their careers. Nearly 200 winners have delighted audiences with their performances. Many have gone on to careers as soloists, music educators, and members of orchestras and opera companies, with some achieving international fame.

Artist Presentation Society boasts a stellar history of showcasing highly accomplished young classical musical artists. In addition to presenting outstanding recitals to our St. Louis audiences, APS collaborates with other cultural organizations in order to recognize and promote talented musicians and to make classical music more accessible, particularly to the younger generation.  Please visit www.apsmusic.org for more information.

About the Artist Presentation Society/CMS Scholarship Competition

In 2018 the Artist Presentation Society established a competition for students of the Community Music School (CMS) to be held every other year, to select two (2) CMS students to present a joint concert with each performing 20 minutes of music and each receiving an award of $800.

The first level of auditions is conducted within the CMS Artistic Merit Scholarship process to ensure that CMS students (no age limit) who audition for the APS award are qualified by virtue of advanced repertoire and ability.  CMS students may audition for the Artistic Merit Scholarship and for advancement to APS auditions at the same time, following established CMS artistic merit scholarship audition guidelines. 

If recommended by the CMS Scholarship judges to advance to the APS auditions, students prepare a 20-minute program for the APS audition in September.  APS board members serve as judges for the September APS auditions.