Discover Crescendo 2022
University Artist Outreach

Union Avenue Opera is pleased to announce the eighth 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 scholarships as well as paid positions in UAO’s 2022 productions of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Verdi’s Falstaff, and Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.* 

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 2022 and conclude with a public recital on Sunday, March 6th. All events will take place at Union Avenue Opera [733 N. Union Blvd, STL 63108].

For 2022, all participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to auditions and will be required to mask throughout the program. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, UAO will only be accepting 12 students for Crescendo 2022.

To take part in this opportunity, interested parties should complete the online Crescendo Application by January 20, 2022.

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

Experience the 2022 Crescendo Program

Thursday, January 20 | Midnight
Application Deadline! Complete the online application: Crescendo Application

Sunday, January 30 | 12:30pm 
Crescendo baseline audition – Participants will present two arias/art songs of contrasting languages (program repertoire will be chosen from the student’s selections). There is a 5 minute maximum per selection.

Tuesday, February 8 | 7 pm – 9 pm
First Group Master Class — Participants will be assigned vocal coach and piece will be chosen.

Wednesday, February 16 | 7 pm – 9 pm
Diction Master Class — Participants will be divided by language.

Monday, February 21 or Tuesday, February 22 | 7 pm – 10 pm
Acting workshop — instructor Anna Pileggi

Saturday, February 26 | 10 am – noon
Movement for singers — instructor Jennifer Medina

To be completed by February 25 
Individual coaching sessions with Crescendo staff (at a time and place mutually agreeable to student and coach)

Tuesday, March 1 | 7 pm – 9 pm
Recital Run-through — Participants will have the opportunity to perform their pieces on the Union Avenue Opera stage and receive feedback from all the teachers.

Sunday, March 6 | 5 pm
Public Recital and Scholarship Presentation on the Union Avenue Opera Stage 

Meet the 2022 Crescendo Staff – COMING SOON!

Program Coordinator – Debra Hillabrand

Email Program Coordinator, Debra Hillabrand, at

FREE Crescendo Recital
Sunday, March 6th at 5:00 p.m.

Union Avenue Opera’s University Artist Outreach program, Crescendo, will present a FREE recital on Sunday, March 6, 2022 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, however proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results may be required. Doors open 4:30 p.m.