The St. Louis Children’s Choirs Awarded $5,000 from the Monsanto Fund
St. Louis, MO—The St. Louis Children’s Choirs announced today that a $5,000 award from the Monsanto Fund will support the Choirs’ 2017 Serving St. Louis Through Song Community Tour. These performances allow select ensembles to perform in community engagement events for underserved audiences who do not often have an opportunity to hear and participate in the joy of live choral music.
With the help of the Monsanto Fund, and in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, young singers from The St. Louis Children’s Choirs bring the joy of singing with and for students and adults – and engage diverse audiences from across St. Louis in the creative process of music making.
On April 21st, SLCC visited several community locations in under-resourced metro neighborhoods – and on Friday, April 28th, SLCC will perform with and for students and faculty at the Missouri School for the Blind, Griscom Juvenile Detention Center School, and Marian Middle School.
“It brings some joy into their life, a little bit of respite, just kind of a relaxing mode,” said Gary Wangler, Horticultural Therapist, St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “If it’s 20 minutes, if it’s 30 minutes, if it’s just one minute… It’s just one of those things that helps soothe the soul, soothe the mind, soothe the heart.”
ABOUT THE ST. LOUIS CHILDREN’S CHOIRS
The St. Louis Children’s Choirs’ mission 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 about 460 talented young singers (ages 6 to 18) from more than 200 schools and 80 zip codes in Missouri and Illinois who bring their artistry and love of classical, sacred, contemporary, and world music to the concert stage. Program scholarships are provided on a needs-based sliding scale.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Berner, a highly trained music faculty teaches 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.
ABOUT THE MONSANTO FUND
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.