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Discover Crescendo
University Artist Outreach

Information regarding Union Avenue Opera’s 2018 Crescendo Program is forthcoming. In the meantime, here is what the 2017 program looked like:

Union Avenue Opera is pleased to announce the fourth year of Crescendo — a collegiate enrichment program designed for you, the student. This program is free and open to all voice students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program within 60 miles of St. Louis.

Crescendo was designed to provide motivated students the opportunity to hone their craft while working with UAO’s esteemed professionals. We believe St. Louis has a lot to offer singers and we want to reach out to local students and make their acquaintance. In addition, participants will compete for $3000 in scholarships as well as paid positions in UAO’s 2017 productions of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring starring Christine Brewer and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.

Additionally, past participants of Crescendo gained employment opportunities  working behind the scenes at Union Avenue Opera. Following their completion of the program, 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.

We are also excited to announce a new phase of Crescendo this year. Participants will be competing for roles in a student production of Hänsel und Gretel. This production, made possible by a PNC Arts Alive Grant, will be 45 minutes and in English with four performances, August 23 – 26 which are FREE to attend. More information coming soon! (Please email info[at]unionavenueopera.org if you are interested in attending)

Crescendo will begin in January 2017 and conclude with a public recital on Sunday, March 5. All events will take place at Union Avenue Opera [733 N. Union Blvd, STL 63108].

Download the 2017 Crescendo Brochure

Download the 2017 Crescendo Application — The deadline for applying for the 2017 program is past.

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Experience the 2017 Crescendo Program

Saturday, January 21 | 10 am – 1 pm
Crescendo baseline audition – Participants will present two arias/art songs of contrasting languages (program repertoire will be chosen from the student’s selections).

Thursday, February 9 | 7 pm – 9 pm
First Group Master Class — Participants will be assigned vocal coach and piece will be chosen.

Wednesday, February 15 | 7 pm – 9 pm
Diction Master Class — Participants will be divided by language.

Monday, February 20 or Tuesday, February 21 | 7 pm – 10 pm
Acting workshop with director Tim Ocel and Christine Armistead

Saturday, February 25 | 10 am – noon
Elective Class: Auditions 101 or Stage Makeup workshops

To be completed by March 2 
Individual coaching sessions with Crescendo staff

Thursday, March 2 | 7 pm – 9 pm
Second group Master Class — students will have one last opportunity to perform for their peers before the public recital.

Sunday, March 5 | 5 pm
Public Recital and Scholarship Presentation on the Union Avenue Opera Stage 

Meet the 2017 Crescendo Staff

Program Coordinator – Debra Hillabrand

Christine Armistead, Director of Vocal Activities, Washington University
Teresa Doggett, Principal Costume Designer, Union Avenue Opera
Sandra Geary, Piano Faculty, Washington University
Martha Hart, Associate Professor of Voice, Webster University

Katherine Jolly, Assistant Professor of Music, Saint Louis University
Stella Markou, Director of  Vocal Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Nancy Mayo, Piano Faculty, Webster University

Alice Nelson, Director of the Webster Opera Studio, Webster University
Tim Ocel, Freelance Director
Vera Parkin, Piano Faculty, Webster University 

Noël Prince, Voice Faculty, Washington University
Scott Schoonover, Artistic Director and Founder, Union Avenue Opera
Marc Schapman, Director of SIUE Opera Theatre, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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


FREE Crescendo Recital
Sunday, March 5th at 5:00 p.m.

Union Avenue Opera’s University Artist Outreach program, Crescendo, will present a FREE recital on Sunday, March 5, 2017 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.