Meet Finalist Troy Staten, Jr. (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

Meet Finalist Troy Staten, Jr. (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

  Name: Troy Staten, Jr. School: McCluer High School Talent: Singing How long have you been performing and what inspired you to start? I have been performing at a very young age.  Musical theatre and R&B inspired me to pursue my dreams. How are you preparing for finals? Are you doing anything differently from your…

Meet Finalist Kurtis Schmidt (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

Meet Finalist Kurtis Schmidt (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

  Name: Kurtis Schmidt School: Seckman High School Talent: Piano How long have you been performing and what inspired you to start? I have been  performing at recitals for seven years. Originally, hearing classical music, new types  of melodies I had never been exposed to, really formed a passion for pursuing and performing classical piano.…

Meet Finalist Ultralight Beam (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

Meet Finalist Ultralight Beam (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

  Name: Left to right Ravyn Stubblefield, Amani Goodson, Amiyah Harlan, Amaiya Knuckles Johnson, Amiyah McClure, and Anijah Warlick School: Hazelwood Central High School, Parkway North High School, Parkway Central High School, University City High School, and Cardinal Ritter College Prep Talent: Dance How long have you been performing and what inspired you to start?…

Meet Finalist Zoë Meier (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

Meet Finalist Zoë Meier (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

  Name: Zoë Meier School: Francis Howell North High School Talent: Classical Vocal Performance How long have you been performing and what inspired you to start? I have been performing since I was eight years old.  Performing runs in my blood, my mom was a professional dancer and after seeing my first live musical I…

Meet Finalist Finn McNamee (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

Meet Finalist Finn McNamee (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

  Name: Finn McNamee School: Metro Academic and Classical High School Talent: Handbalancing How long have you been performing and what inspired you to start? I have been performing since I was five and got into circus because of my parents.  Once I started I was inspired by the performers I saw and dreamed of…

Meet Finalist Aubory Bugg (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

Meet Finalist Aubory Bugg (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

  Name: Aubory Bugg School: Granite City High School Talent: Vocalist / Guitarist How long have you been performing and what inspired you to start? I have been singing since I could talk and playing guitar for about five years.  I just love to learn about music! How are you preparing for finals? Are you doing…

Meet Finalist Alexander Unseth (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

Meet Finalist Alexander Unseth (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

  Name: Alexander Unseth School: St. Louis University High School Talent: Cellist / Composer How long have you been performing and what inspired you to start? I have been playing cello for 13 years – my parents signed me up for lessons at the age of five, and I’ve continued playing due to the joy…

Meet Finalist Rachel A. Jackson (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

Meet Finalist Rachel A. Jackson (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

  Name: Rachel A. Jackson School: Metro Academic & Classical High School Talent: Spoken Word How long have you been performing and what inspired you to start? I have been performing for about nine years took it seriously about four years ago. Mental health has inspired me to start and continue. Whether I was going…

Meet Finalist Akurati-Tadakamalla-Valluru (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

Meet Finalist Akurati-Tadakamalla-Valluru (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

  Names: (pictured left to right) Mounica Valluru, Srisahithi Tadakamalla, Srijana Akurati School: Parkway South High School and Marquette High School Talent: Indian Classical Dance How long have you been performing and what inspired you to start? Valluru: I have been performing for more than 8 years. My keen interest and passion in classical dance…

Meet Finalist Arielle Pedersen (Getting to Know the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

  Name: Arielle Pedersen School: Valley Park High School Talent: Musical Theatre How long have you been performing and what inspired you to start? I have been performing for eight years.  I watched Phantom of the Opera as an 8 year old, fell in love with it and it sparked my love of musical theatre. How are…