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Chelsea Chen, concert organist, to perform at St. Andrew's

Prize-winning concert organist Chelsea Chen will make her Twin Cities debut performance on the grand Casavant/Schantz pipe organ of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi on Sunday, March 8 at 4 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. An artist's reception will follow the program.

A Juilliard graduate and Fulbright scholar, Chen is broadening the classical organ repertoire with her own Asian-inspired compositions. In the past year she performed to great acclaim at Singapore's Esplanade, Hong Kong's Cultural Centre and Los Angeles's Disney Hall.

Chen has been the recipient the Robert Baker and Charles Ives prizes at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the John Erskine Prize for scholastic and artistic distinction at The Juilliard School.

She has also taken first prizes in competitions including the 2005 Augustana/Reuter National Undergraduate organ competition, the 2003 Region IX AGO RCYO competition, and the 2005 Musical Merit Foundation competition. In 2006, she was an Aspen Music Festival full scholarship recipient for piano.

Originally from San Diego, California, Chen studied piano from a young age with Jane Bastien and Lori Bastien Vickers. At 15 she began organ lessons with Leslie Robb, and later with Monte Maxwell. She then went on to study at Juilliard, receiving her bachelor's and master's degrees. From 2003-06 she was organist at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.

In 2006-2007 she composed and performed in Taiwan as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.

Currently she is in the Artist Diploma program at Yale studying with Thomas Murray.