AIT Students Participate in Winter Residency with Christine Brewer

“Miss Brewer’s love of her work shows not only in her performance, but also in the one-on-one lessons she held with us. She was invested in seeing that we improve, and she was also very curious about who we were. She even recommended other songs that she thought would suit us. It was wonderful to discuss and appreciate music with someone of her understanding and expertise. She was gracious and constructive with her critiques, and it was an inspiring experience to be able to work with her.”

– Margaret, Junior

The 2018-2019 class of Monsanto Artists-in-Training students recently participated in a week-long winter residency led by visiting artist and internationally-acclaimed soprano Christine Brewer. From January 14–20, students worked with Ms. Brewer in one-on-one lessons and in group master classes focusing on strong technique, interpretive performance practice, text analysis, and stage presence skills. The residency culminated in a public performance at The Ethical Society of Saint Louis on January 20, in which 23 AIT students sang a selection repertoire ranging from Italian baroque to Modern American compositions. As a special treat, Ms. Brewer closed the recital with a performance of “Mira” from Carnival by Michael Stewart and Bob Merrill.

The AIT class will perform their Spring Recital on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. at The Sheldon Concert Hall with guest adjudicator, bass Morris Robinson. This recital will conclude a two-day adjudication with over $10,000 in scholarship funds awarded to participants. A free public reception will celebrate the completion of the 2018-2019 Artists-in-Training year. This recital is free and open to the public. No reservation is necessary.

By Mia DeJong, Manager of Education & Community Engagement