Barbara Berner

Barbara Berner

Mrs. Barbara Berner, Artistic Director of The St. Louis Children’s Choirs, has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 Missouri Arts Award for Arts Education.

Since 1983, the Missouri Arts Council and the State of Missouri have been honoring our state’s arts heroes—the people who make the arts happen. The annual Missouri Arts Awards celebrate people, organizations, and communities that have made profound and lasting contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state.

Honorees are selected by an independent panel in six categories: Arts Education, Arts Organization, Creative Community, Individual Artist, Leadership in the Arts, and Philanthropy.

Mrs. Berner and fellow award winners from each of the other categories will be recognized during the 2017 Missouri Arts Awards presentation, which will take place in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City on February 8, 2017. The public is encouraged to attend.

Mrs. Berner directing the Holiday Concert Dress Rehearsal at Powell Hall.

Mrs. Berner directing the 2014 Holiday Concert Dress Rehearsal at Powell Hall.


The mission of The St. Louis Children’s Choirs is “shaping young lives through musical excellence.” With a focus on including all young people who love to sing regardless of where they live or attend school, the Choirs includes 460 talented young singers (ages 6 to 18) from more than 200 schools and 85 zip codes in Missouri and Illinois. These young artists bring their musical talents and love of classical, sacred, contemporary, and world music to the concert stage for everyone to enjoy. Program scholarships are provided on a needs-based sliding scale.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Berner, an outstanding music faculty trains young singers through a challenging and diverse curriculum with six ensemble levels that match the children’s musical abilities. The St. Louis Children’s Choirs offers young artists world-class performance opportunities and a choral music experience that emphasizes musical excellence and character education. To learn more about The St. Louis Children’s Choirs, please visit our website:


The Missouri Arts Council is the state agency dedicated to broadening the growth, availability, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri and fostering the diversity, vitality, and excellence of Missouri’s communities, economy, and cultural heritage. This is accomplished by providing funds to support quality arts programming to communities both large and small throughout the state. Established as a state agency in 1965, the Missouri Arts Council is a division of the Department of Economic Development and is funded through the Missouri General Assembly, Missouri Cultural Trust, and National Endowment for the Arts.

To learn more about the Missouri Arts Council and arts opportunities across Missouri, go to