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Nomin Zolzaya shines in St. Louis Youth Symphony

4:38 PM, Nov 21, 2011   |    comments
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Nomin Zolzaya

By John Kelly

St. Louis (KSDK) - A young woman is wowing crowds at Powell Symphony Hall. But what's even more amazing is how she got there.

It all started with a phone call from Peter Myers to his parents, Timothy and Dana Myers. Peter was part of a musical outreach program to share the experience of classical music with underprivileged areas. His travels had taken him to Mongolia's capital, Ulan Bator. There he met fellow cellist Nomin Zolzaya while teaching a master class.

"I noticed how, just how expressive and musical the cellist was, and it was Nomin" said Peter.

Peter's mother Dana recalls the phone call from her son. "He said, 'She's really talented and there's really isn't anything, any future for her here. Can she come live with you and study with my old teacher?'"

Timothy and Dana Myers played a CD of Nomin playing for the director of Webster University's chamber music program and Nomin was quickly awarded a scholarship to the program.

Eight months later Nomin was greeted by the Myers family at the airport.

She immediately began proving her talents to her new American family when, after just one month in the U.S., Nomin successfully auditioned for the Youth Orchestra program. Now, starting her second year in the orchestra, Nomin has earned the position of principle cello.

"This is a big present for my life," said a grateful Nomin. "I tried to open the door of my future , and here is the person who found the key and opened it for me," she says of Peter.

KSDK

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