Union Avenue Opera’s Outreach Efforts Will Showcase in March 10 Recital

Union Avenue Opera’s University Artist Outreach program, Crescendo, will present a free recital on Sunday, March 10, at 5 p.m. The recital is the culmination for participants in UAO’s Crescendo program, a free, hands-on, performance based training program developed to further the education of local artists still young in their careers as they prepare to join the St. Louis art community.

The recital is free and open to all ages. It will be held on the Union Avenue Opera stage at 733 North Union Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108. This is a non-ticketed event. Doors open 4:30 p.m.

In the spring of 2014, Union Avenue Opera launched their new collegiate enrichment program called Crescendo.

Participants take part in a series of masterclasses and workshops presented by UAO’s esteemed professionals in anticipation of a public recital on March 10, where they will compete for $2,500 in scholarships and spots in UAO’s 2019 productions of Candide and La Boheme.

The program is open to all voice students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program within 60 miles of St. Louis, and offers a unique opportunity for young artists to work with their contemporaries while honing their craft.

To date, 72 students have completed the Crescendo program, some as many as 4 times! As a result, these young artists have appeared in over 65 roles in 7 operas as part of UAO’s Festival Season.
This year, 24 students from seven local music programs are participating in Crescendo.

Union Avenue Opera’s Crescendo is designed for the motivated student, to provide the opportunity to hone their craft while working with UAO’s esteemed professionals.

UAO believes St. Louis has a lot to offer singers and they want to reach out to local students and make their acquaintance. In addition, participants will compete for scholarships as well as paid positions in UAO’s 2019 productions of Bernstein’s Candide, Puccini’s La bohème, and Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied.* 

Numerous participants of the Crescendo Program have gained employment opportunities  working behind the scenes at Union Avenue Opera. Students were hired to work in the box office, run supertitles, as well as perform in productions, all of which gave them insight to a career in the performing arts.

2018 Recital Winners: SIUE’s Sarah Paitz recipient of the John J. Prcic Memorial Scholarship, SIUE’s David Fournie winner of the Jack and Betty Swanson Scholarship, Webster University’s Abby Benson winner of the John Lessor Scholarship, and Artistic Director Scott Schoonover. Kari Frey Photography.

Meet the 2019 Crescendo Staff

Program Coordinator – Debra Hillabrand

Christine Armistead, Director of Vocal Activities, Washington University
Jon Garrett, Adjunct Professor, Staff Accompanist and Music Director, St. Louis University; Adjunct Professor of Voice, Staff Accompanist and Music Director, Lindenwood University, Adjunct Professor, St. Charles Community College
Sandra Geary, Piano Faculty, Washington University
Martha Hart, Associate Professor of Voice, Webster University
Eric Kuhn
 Markou, Director of  Vocal Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Nancy Mayo, Piano Faculty, Webster University
Jennifer Medina
Alice Nelson, Director of the Webster Opera Studio, Webster University
Anna Pileggi, Professor of the Practice in Drama, Washington University
Noël Prince, Voice Faculty, Washington University
Marc Schapman, Director of SIUE Opera Theatre, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Scott Schoonover, Artistic Director and Founder, Union Avenue Opera 
Stephanie Tennill, Assistant Professor of Music, Saint Louis University


Email Program Coordinator, Debra Hillabrand, at crescendo@unionavenueopera.org

2 Replies to “Union Avenue Opera’s Outreach Efforts Will Showcase in March 10 Recital”

  1. This is a fabulous program that I have worked in since it began! I am also a faculty member in Opera Theatre of St. Louis’s Artists-in-Training program; but have retired from Webster University. Looking forward to tomorrow’s recital!

    1. Congratulations and best wishes to you! These programs for budding artists are wonderful! Kudos to the adults who take the time to mentor the kids. Bravo!

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