Highlights

David Robertson
Maestro David Robertson
Music Director
St. Louis Symphony

“It’s always a pleasure to work with The St. Louis Children’s Choirs, and I go out of my way each season to find repertoire in which they can participate. They are among the best children’s choirs that I have found in my travels around the globe, and I am continually impressed with the seriousness and dedication they put into their preparation.”

 

2017 – 2018 and 2018-2019

  • Selected to perform at Carnegie Hall for international youth choral festival (June 2017)
  • Awarded 11th NEA grant (Spring 2017)
  • Performed John Adams’ challenging choral work, “On the Transmigration of Souls,” with the St. Louis Symphony in November 2016; symphony director David Robertson recognized the young singers for their “impressive musical precision” and “standard of excellence.” (November 2016)
  • Included in the DVD recording of distinguished performances by the St. Louis Symphony in tribute to David Robertson; featured the John Adams “On the Transmigration of Souls”
  • Performed Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony with the St. Louis Symphony under Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin in April 2019
  • Performed “Carmina Burana” and “Chichester Psalms” (Children’s Choirs prepared boy soloist) with the St. Louis Symphony under guest conductor Bramwell Tovey with superb reviews (February 2018)
  • Under Barbara Berner’s leadership, the Children’s Choirs has performed in 95 concerts with the Symphony over the last 20 years
  • Featured each December as co-performers with the Bach Society at their annual Candlelight Concerts, hailed as one of the Top 20 LIVE Christmas Events in North America by BBC Music Magazine
  • Performed the American orchestral premiere of “Midnight of Your Birth” by British composer Bob Chilcott (December 2018)
  • Performed with Christine Brewer in the September 11th Interfaith Commemoration in Music in (September 2016)
  • Invited to perform in Joplin, Missouri for the Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School concert series; this community engagement performance received a standing ovation and tour included song-sharing session and homestays with local choir families
  • 40th Anniversary season (2017-2018) included premiere performances of six new commissioned choral pieces written by internationally recognized composers; every student performed a new work composed for their choir. Composers included Bob Chilcott and Mandy Miller (U.K.), Amy Bernon, Ben Bram, Michael Engelhardt and Victor Johnson (U.S.A.)
  • 41st Anniversary season (2018-2019) included premiere performances of three new commissioned works by composers Zachary Cairns and Michael Engelhardt (St. Louis composers), and Victor Johnson, a minority composer from Texas
  • Created a new partnership with the Unleashing Potential afterschool program in 2018-2019, serving children in 18 underserved city and north county schools with a choral curriculum and performance opportunities tailored for this program under the leadership of Community Engagement Manager Maria Ellis and co-directed by new SLCC staff member Melissa Pickens
  • Held first annual “Music Made Together” elementary honor choir hosted by The Choirs in Ferguson, MO and enabled over 90 children from north county (13 schools & church choirs) and from the Children’s Choirs to spend a day singing and learning together. This diverse group of students performed for over 600 people at Greater Grace Church and was featured on Channel 4 KMOV in March in a piece about children building bridges through music (February 2018)
  • Held “Music Made Together” elementary honor choirs in both South County (November 2018) and North County (February 2019), expanding participation from local schools and churches bringing children together to sing and perform with students from the Choirs, and giving students who might never have met otherwise the opportunity to meet, make friends, and perform for diverse audiences
  • Hosted 40th Anniversary Gala event in April 2018, with 300 guests raising over $200,000 dollars in support of SLCC Community Engagement programs and tuition assistance for young artists in the Children’s Choirs
  • Performed for the SLCC 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert at Powell Hall which included over 80 alumni from across the United States, and a moving tribute to founding director, Diane Finley, who traveled from Florida to attend and received a standing ovation of appreciation
  • Concert Choir toured Scotland as young ambassadors for St. Louis in June 2018
  • Choristers and Young Men’s Chorus students toured New Orleans to participate in the Crescent City Choral Festival (June 2018)
  • Holiday Concert at Powell Hall in 2018 included a collaboration with the Ambassadors of Harmony – a 120 voice men’s chorus and 4-time International Gold Medal winners
  • SLCC students and members of the Sheldon’s All-Star City Chorus joined together for the Statewide Dr. Martin Luther King celebration at the Touhill Performing Arts Center (February 2018 and 2019)
  • Organized and hosted the Des Lee Collaborative Middle School Honor Choir at the Touhill Performing Arts Center giving middle school students from underserved schools the opportunity to perform under guest conductor Daniel Gutierrez, from Springfield, MO
  • Prepared a student for a principal role in Ricky Ian Gordon’s “The Grapes of Wrath” at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (June 2017)
  • SLCC students were selected to perform in Montreal, Canada for an international youth choral festival under guest conductor, Elena Sharkova (June 2019)
  • Formed a new SLCC middle school camp called “Acappellooza Jr.” in collaboration with UM-SL and Life Arts Inc., providing scholarships to young people on reduced lunch programs and giving students from across St. Louis an engaging and fast-paced week-long musical experience culminating in a performance at the Touhill Performing Arts Center (Summer 2018)
  • With organizational growth SLCC hired a full time COO, Pam Jones, in September 2019 to manage business, development and marketing functions
  • Artistic Director Barbara Berner, the recipient of the 2017 Missouri Arts Award for Arts Education, celebrates her 20th season as Artistic Director in 2019

2013-2014

The 2013-2014 season opened with the September 11th Interfaith Commemoration in Music with soprano Christine Brewer and violinist David Halen at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The Children’s Choirs performed for dignitaries and guests of Washington University’s Law School, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Statewide Celebration at Harris Stowe University, in the annual Children’s Choirs’ Holiday Concert at Powell Hall, and for a “Choral Celebration of St. Louis” at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in commemoration of the 250th birthday of our city. Concert Choir performed with the St. Louis Symphony and Symphony Chorus in Carmina burana under guest conductor Carlos Izcaray from Venezuela. Members of Choristers and Concert Choir toured to New Orleans, Louisiana to sing in the Crescent City Choral Festival in June 2014.

2012-2013

In 2012-2013 The St. Louis Children’s Choirs celebrated its 35th anniversary with many special performances, including Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the St. Louis Symphony, The Sheldon Concert Hall’s 100th Anniversary Celebration Concert with Christine Brewer, for national and international dignitaries at Washington University, for music educators at the national American Orff-Schulwerk Association Conference and the Missouri Music Educators Association 75th Annual Conference, in the “Sounds of the Season” concerts with the Ambassadors of Harmony, and in Carmina Burana with the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Nashville Ballet, and the Bach Society of Saint Louis, as well as in several public concerts at the Washington University 560 Music Center and at Powell Hall. The Alumni Chorus joined the choirs in May 2013 for a 35th Anniversary Gala Concert with guest conductor/alumnus Tobin Sparfeld. Selected students of the Children’s Choirs performed “The Matrix” and Alban Berg’s Act III from Wozzeck with the St.  Louis Symphony and in various performances with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Members of Concert Choir and Choristers had the honor of performing at Lincoln Center in New York City under the direction of festival conductor Barbara Berner in June. The remarkable anniversary season included six new commissioned works, 43 concerts, and a combined total audience of over 46,000.

2011-2012

Performances in the 2011-2012 season included events for the Washington University Law School, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, a recorded concert for the Drummer Boy series at Grace Church, the statewide kickoff of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Harris-Stowe State University, and the “Music of John Williams” concerts with the St. Louis Symphony. Choristers students were honored to serve as a demonstration choir at the Choral Music Experience Institute in Wisconsin and members of Concert Choir traveled to Scotland on a spectacular concert tour. In 39 concerts, the young singers in six progressive ensemble levels collectively performed over 138 compositions in English, Latin, French, German, Spanish, Hebrew, Hungarian, and Greek.

Previous Seasons

  • Attended the Crossroads Children’s Chorus Festival in Nashville, TN, performing with full orchestra under festival conductor Stephen Hatfield in the historic Grand Ole Opry – July 2011
  • Invited to perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in Powell Symphony Hall – May 2011
  • Featured as the initial choir selected for KFC’s nationwide campaign “Choral Singing at KFC” with national distribution of our student’s performance at the kick-off event – March 2011
  • Invited to sing a joint performance with the Drake University Choir and Chamber Choir at the Bonhomme Presbyterian Church – March 2011
  • Performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on their “Fellowship of the Ring Concerts” at Powell Symphony Hall – April 2011
  • Music Makers, Children’s Choirs, and Concert Choir spotlighted on a program segment about The St. Louis Children’s Choirs on KDSK’s “Show Me St. Louis” broadcast (Channel 5) – February 2011
  • Joined the Bach Society of St. Louis for their Christmas Candlelight Concert at Powell Hall with world-class soprano, Christine Brewer – December 2010
  • Continued the performance partnership with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for their Holiday Celebrations Concerts – December 2010
  • Performed in the Opening Ceremony for The American International Choral Festival – November 2010
  • Invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, NYC, as one of two featured choirs in the Ensemble Debut Series and at the National Children’s Festival Chorus – June 2010
  • Performed at the Arts and Education Council’s Workplace Giving Campaign events at Ameren Corporation and Edward Jones – April, May 2010
  • Invited to perform one of the last broadcasts of KFUO Classic99’s “From the Garden – Live!” at the Missouri Botanical Gardens – April 2010
  • Concert tour to seven St. Louis area schools, the Juvenile Detention Center, and BJC Children’s Hospital – April 2010
  • Performed with guest artists Melissa Brooks (SLSO), Tod Bowermaster (SLSO), John McGrosso (Arianna String Quartet), and Ruth Price (Webster University)
  • Invited by Brown Shoe Company to perform for employees at their headquarters – December 2009
  • Featured choir at the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Celebration concert series, including live radio broadcast – December 2009
  • Invited to perform for two national conferences at the America’s Center – the National Association of Gifted Students and the National Staff Development Council – November, December 2009
  • Performed at Plaza Frontenac for AEC’s St. Louis on Sale! kickoff – November 2009
  • Trained and performed with clinician/guest conductor Mandy Miller of Fife, Scotland during her 10-day residency with the Choirs – October 2009
  • Trained and performed at the Sing A Mile High Festival with composer / conductor Rollo Dilworth in Denver – June 2009
  • Performed at the Arts and Education Council’s Workplace Giving Campaign Kickoff at Ameren Corporation’s World Headquarters – April 2009
  • Performed Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorus – April 2009
  • Offered workshops to music teachers and performed Russian repertoire with guest conductor Elena Sharkova at the Family & Friends Concerts – February/March 2009
  • Featured children’s choirs at the African & African-American Music Festival in St. Louis – February 2009
  • Invited by Governor Matt Blunt and First Lady Melanie Blunt to perform at the Governor’s Mansion for his last official state dinner – December 2008
  • Performed John Adams’ El Niño under the direction of Maestro David Robertson with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra – December 2008
  • Featured children’s choir at the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Celebration concert series – December 2008
  • Invited to perform Howard Shore’s The Lord of the RingsSymphony with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra – September 2008
  • Concert tour of Australia – Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne – June 2008
  • Performed with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster David Halen, soprano Miran Halen, and Vickie Newton of KMOV-TV at the Children’s Choirs 30th Anniversary Gala Concert at Powell Symphony Hall – May 2008
  • Invited to perform Orff’s Carmina Burana for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s season finale – May 2008
  • Performed with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster David Halen and Principal Flutist Mark Sparks, and soprano Miran Halen at the Children’s Choirs’ Benefit Concert at The Sheldon Concert Hall – April 2008
  • Featured trio of children’s voices for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s “The Shadows of Time” under the direction of Maestro David Robertson – January 2008
  • Featured children’s choir at the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Classic Christmas concert series – December 2007
  • Kodály Midwest Convention performance – October 2007
  • Featured children’s choir at the world premiere of the new choral version of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass under the direction of Dr. Doreen Rao at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles – June 2007
  • Invited to perform at a children’s choir festival with composer-conductor Francisco Núñez at New York City’s Lincoln Center – June 2007
  • Performed Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem under the direction of Maestro David Robertson with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra – May 2007
  • Featured children’s choir at the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Classic Christmas concert series – December 2006
  • Invited to perform at the Choral Music Experience Workshop with composer-conductor Bob Chilcott in Kansas City – June 2006
  • Toured with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra to perform John Adam’s On the Transmigration of Souls at Carnegie Hall – April 2006
  • Featured choir of the World’s Largest Concert broadcast nationwide on PBS television – March 2006
  • Performed at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention, Los Angeles – February, 2005
  • Holiday performances at the White House, Washington D.C. – December 2004
  • American Choral Directors Association Southwestern Convention, Little Rock, Arkansas – March 2004
  • Guest Artists for the International Institute for Choral Teacher Education, Wales – 2004
  • Holiday performances at the White House, Washington D.C. – December 2003
  • Carmina Burana with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus – September 2003
  • Featured Children’s Choir at the Oregon Bach Festival – July 2003
  • Pacific International Children’s Choir Festival, Eugene, Oregon – July 2003
  • Toured Austria and the Czech Republic – July 2002
  • Headlined at the National Children’s Choral Festival, Carnegie Hall – April 2001
  • Guest Artists for the International Institute for Choral Teacher Education, Scotland – 2000
  • Guest Artists for the International Institute for Choral Teacher Education, Sweden – 1998
  • Tour of Russia: Invited by Russian Ministry of Culture to celebrate 50th Anniversary of World War II – 1995
  • Subject of Emmy Award-winning PBS Documentary: “Notes from Russia” – 1995