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Discover Crescendo 2018
University Artist Outreach

Union Avenue Opera is pleased to announce the fifth 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 2018 productions of Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, Verdi’s Nabucco, and Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars.* 

Crescendo participants will also be competing for paid roles in a student production of HMS Pinafore, which will be performed at local schools in Fall 2018.

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.

Crescendo will begin in January 2018 and conclude with a public recital on Sunday, March 11. All events will take place at Union Avenue Opera [733 N. Union Blvd, STL 63108].

To take part in this opportunity, interested parties should fill out and return the 2018 Crescendo Application by January 1, 2018.

Download the 2018 Crescendo Brochure

*More than one absence will result in the participant losing eligibility for scholarship and chorus positions.

Experience the 2018 Crescendo Program

Saturday, January 20 | 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).

Tuesday, February 13 | 7 pm – 9 pm
First Group Master Class — Participants will be assigned vocal coach and piece will be chosen.

Wednesday, February 21 | 7 pm – 9 pm
Diction Master Class — Participants will be divided by language.

Monday, February 26 or Tuesday, February 27 | 7 pm – 10 pm
Acting workshop with director Tim Ocel and Christine Armistead

Saturday, March 3 | 10 am – noon
Elective Class: Marketing Yourself or Acting and Improv

To be completed by March 8 
Individual coaching sessions with Crescendo staff

Thursday, March 8 | 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 11 | 3 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
Allyson Ditchey, Freelance Director and founder ConnectTheArts.com
Sandra Geary, Piano Faculty, Washington University
Martha Hart, Associate Professor of Voice, Webster 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
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


FREE Crescendo Recital
Sunday, March 11th at 3:00 p.m.

Union Avenue Opera’s University Artist Outreach program, Crescendo, will present a FREE recital on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3 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 2:30 p.m.