The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce that the 4th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will begin February 1 and 2, when 192 performers take the stage in the preliminary round of competition (a complete list of students/schools can be found here).
Last year's first-place winners, Two Mellow Cello Fellows, can be seen here.
“We are thrilled with the response this year from students, parents, arts organizations and the community” said Mary Strauss, President of the FPACF Board of Directors.
“We are proud to provide the opportunity for students to perform at the Fox and on other stages around St. Louis and are delighted that we are able to put talented young people in the spotlight.”
The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation reintroduced the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition in 2011 to showcase the St. Louis region’s most talented teens in the performing arts.
Student acts include singers, dancers, actors, musicians, comedians and circus skill artists competing as soloists or in groups of as many as six. Finalists in past years have included an aerialist, classical and pop singers and musicians, a whistler, dancers, jugglers, a spoken word artist, and baton twirlers.
The 2013 winners of the competition were Grant Riew from John Burroughs School and Christopher Halen from Whitfield School as “Two Mellow Cello Fellows” performing their original arrangement Pachelbel Pop.
This year’s entries from 78 schools in the bi-state metropolitan area include an even larger variety of acts including newcomers in the categories of artistic hula hoop, partner acrobatics and poi.
Videos by Miano.tv of the competition process will be available on our own channel graciously donated by SchoolTube.com. The past three years of stories posted provide viewers a glimpse of what is in store.
Judges for the preliminary rounds will again include an impressive cross section of professionals from the St. Louis performing arts community. A complete list of preliminary judges is available on the FPACF website.
The two days of preliminary competition, at three different locations (Lindenwood-Belleville, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, University of Missouri – St. Louis) will narrow the field from 140 to 36 acts.
These acts will then compete in the semi-finals on March 1 at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park where the final 10-12 acts will be chosen to compete at The Fox on Friday, April 4.
A total of $24,500 in scholarships and prizes will be distributed among the top competitors.
The first place winner will also receive a $1,000 scholarship from UMSL.
Students are also eligible for prizes & scholarships from Lindenwood University, Missouri Baptist University, Webster University and Southeast Missouri State University.
A full list can be found on the FPACF website. Finalists will also have the opportunity to perform at area events throughout the year.
Finalists from prior years have showcased their talents at The Muny, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, the Sheldon Concert Hall, National Dance Week Celebration, Dancing in the Street and TedX St. Louis to name just a few.
Complete guidelines and information about the 4th Annual 2014 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition can be found on the Foundation’s website as well as on the FPACF Facebook page.
Important dates for this year’s competition are:
Preliminary Rounds of Competition: February 1-2, 2014
Semi-final Round of Competition: March 1, 2014
Final Competition on stage at The Fox: April 4, 2014 (FREE)
The community response to this FREE event has been amazing and has grown over the past three years with “sold out” crowds at the Fox. Additionally, each year 120,000 viewers have watched the Nine Network’s hour-long program on the competition.
Highlights of last year’s event and the winning performances from the 2011 through 2013 events can be seen on our SchoolTube and YouTube pages. We are pleased to announce that The Nine Network will once again broadcast an hour-long program on the 2014 competition.
Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation fosters, promotes, and encourages young people in the St. Louis region to discover and participate in the joy and wonder of live performances.