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2017-18 Monsanto Artists-in-Training

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  • April 22, 2018
  • 3 p.m.
  • Sheldon Concert Hall
  • Free

2017-18 Artists-in-Training Spring Recital:
Sunday, April 22, 3 PM
This free public recital will be held at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd, St. Louis MO 63108
MaryAnn McCormick, adjudicator

Established in 1990 and unique in the U.S., Opera Theatre’s Monsanto Artists-in-Training Program sets out to identify, coach, and encourage talented students from high schools across the St. Louis area with weekly voice lessons by opera professionals at one of the four area universities. The program also offers master classes with visiting artists, awards more than $25,000 annually in scholarships, and provides college guidance to high school graduates. By the end of this year more than 249 students will have completed the program; scholarship awards totaling more than $498,000 have been presented to current students and to “alumni” who continue vocal studies in college.  The program was one of 10 in the nation to be recognized by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities with the “Coming Up Taller” Award for success in serving at-risk youth.

The ultimate goal of AIT is to identify students who will go on to further music study and perhaps a professional singing career, but the program has other goals as well, such as encouraging self-discovery, finding new means of expression, learning to set rigorous achievement standards, and rewarding disciplined commitment.

Visiting artists have included:  Martina Arroyo, Christine Brewer, Jane Bunnel, Cynthia Clarey, Vinson Cole, Denyce Graves, Kathleen Kaun, Sylvia McNair, Erie Mills, Stanford Olsen, George Shirley, Barbara Smith Conrad, Steve Smith, Kevin Short, Marilyn Taylor, and Shirley Verrett among others. Students attend events at venues including Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, the St. Louis Repertory Theater, and more.

AIT Winter Recital with Visiting Artist Kevin Short
Sunday, January 14, 3 p.m.
Graham Chapel at Washington University
6475 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105

Early in the new year, internationally acclaimed bass-baritone, Kevin Short, will join OTSL’s Monsanto Artists-in-Training Program for a 9-day residency, which includes one-on-one voice lessons and three master class events. The residency will conclude with a free, public performance by the Artists-in-Training students at Graham Chapel (on the campus of Washington University). Join Opera Theatre for this free event, celebrating 24 young singers from the Bi-State Area!

A versatile performer, Kevin Short has been thrilling audiences around the globe in a wide array of repertoire ranging from Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail to John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles. Short has been a favorite on opera and concert stages alike and will appear in two Metropolitan Opera productions in 2018. He last appeared with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet (2005). Short now serves on the faculty of University of Maryland.