2017-18 AIT Program Kicks Off with Angela Brown Master Class

Opera Theatre is pleased to announce the selection of 24 students for its 2017-18 Monsanto Artists-in-Training (AIT) Program. Among other opportunities, AIT annually provides weekly vocal coachings from local college instructors, master classes and coachings with professional artists, and a spring competition for $12,000 in college scholarships. This program is made possible with the generous support of the Monsanto Fund.


This year’s AIT program will kick off with an exciting master class featuring the renowned soprano Angela Brown. The master class takes place at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 16 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public. To make a free reservation, call (314) 533-7662.


2017-18 AIT Class

Erica Ancell, Senior, Cor Jesu Academy

Zykhime Bell, Senior, Normandy High School

Neal Bozark, Senior, Edwardsville High School

Raven Brooks, Senior, Riverview Gardens High School

Lauren Cerbin, Sophomore, Cor Jesu Academy

Sarah Collins, Sophomore, Lafayette High School

Demodre Crawford, Sophomore, Central Visual & Performing Arts High School

Maria Dietrich, Junior, St. Francis Borgia High School

Kayla Fisher, Junior, O’Fallon Township High School

Lydia Fulton, Senior, Rosati Kain High School

Aaryn Gardner, Junior, McKinley Classical Leadership Academy

Libby Hillerman, Senior, St. Francis Borgia High School

Maddie James, Senior, Parkway North High School

Micah Lee, Junior, Pattonville High School

Terran McClure, Senior, Hazelwood Central High School

Ronmal Motley, Junior, Hazelwood Central High School

Rachel Nieters, Senior, Lindbergh High School

Olivia Rhodes, Sophomore, Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Bryn Sentnor, Junior, Parkway North High School

Darren Tucker, Senior, St. Louis High School

Miles Wadlington, Senior, Belleville West High School

Etosh Walker, Senior, Riverview Gardens High School

Isaac Williams, Junior, Belleville West High School

Joshua Woodward, Senior, Riverview Gardens High School

About Angela Brown

Angela Brown personifies the ideal soprano: sheer vocal power; luxurious finesse; and shimmering, high pianissimos. With a charming personality larger than life, she unites opera, pops, and gospel in one sensational voice. A featured artist on the two-time Grammy Award-winning recording “Ask Your Mama,” Angela’s international reputation continues to grow. She has appeared on some of the world’s biggest stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, and Deutsche Oper.


While opera is the main catalyst for her career, Angela’s performance experience includes everything from star hostess on stage to producer and creator of Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View, an inspired show that has gained notoriety for bringing opera to the masses in the form of an edgy, yet educational, concert presentation.