St. Louis Teen Talent Competition
We are thrilled to announce the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finals will be back on the Fabulous Fox Theatre stage in front of a live audience on February 11, 2022!
The Competition is open to students enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 during the 2021-2022 academic year. High School students must attend or live in the St. Louis Metropolitan area (a 50-mile radius of the Gateway Arch in all directions).
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Guidelines for the Competition
In the spirit of fostering the emerging talent in the St. Louis performing arts community, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is proud to underwrite and produce an adjudicated competition showcasing the talented teens of the St. Louis region. Students are competing for college scholarships, cash awards, prizes, and public appearance opportunities. Students may compete in a talent category of their choice. Examples of talent categories include, but are not limited to:
- Specialty Act, etc.
There are no fees to participate.
- Open to High School students in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.* Students must be enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 during the 2021 -2022 academic year to participate.
- Students may only enter ONCE, either as a solo act or as part of a group.
- Entries may consist of one (1) to six (6) students working together as a group in a cohesive presentation. Students in one group need not attend the same school.
- Students may compete in a talent category of their choice. Examples of talent categories include, but are not limited to Singer, Actor, Musician, Dancer, Band, Comedian, Magician, Circus Arts, Specialty Act, etc.
- Each act must perform a minimum of two minutes and must not exceed three minutes and thirty seconds.**
- Acts may change their material between the Preliminary Round and Semi-final Round of the Competition based on the judges’ feedback.
- Acts cannot change the type of act after the Preliminary Round – acceptable adjustments based on judges’ feedback are, better audio, different costume, and tweak choreography.
- Acts must perform the same material at the Semi-final Round and Finals.
- Acts may not add or substitute a new student for another after the Preliminary Round of competition. All contestants must be completely registered prior to performing in the Preliminary round.
- Acts should select material that is “family-friendly” and age-appropriate. Content should not contain foul language or violent subject matter. Acts that violate this rule can be disqualified.
- Students must participate in 3 progressive rounds of competition Preliminary, Semi-final, and Final Competitions as well as a mandatory Finalist meeting and rehearsal dates for the onstage Finals. Both students and parents will be asked to sign an agreement confirming their acceptance of the schedule once it is set.
- Act may only use one instrumental accompanist for their act. (See “Technical Information” for more information.)
* Metropolitan Area is limited to 50 miles from the Gateway Arch in all directions. To qualify for entry, a student’s High School (or home address if homeschooled) must fall within a 50-mile radius of the Arch.
**A note about classical piece selection
For classical instrumentalists and vocalists entering the competition, it’s important to note that this is not your typical classical music competition or audience. While a concerto movement or extended aria might be impressive in a classical music competition, pieces of that length are too long for this particular competition. Remember, you are competing against dancers, acrobats, jugglers, baton twirlers and more! Consider shorter, more concise pieces that really get to the heart of your playing very quickly. Rather than a movement from a larger work, consider a stand alone piece. An art song or shorter aria for vocalists, perhaps a prelude or short etude for instrumentalists. For example, the piano piece Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum by Claude Debussy would be of a good length for this competition. If you absolutely cannot find a short piece to play, consider playing only an excerpt, or make a cut to keep the piece under the time limit for the competition. Short and concise are your friends when it comes to showcasing your talents amid the wide range of acts in the Teen Talent Competition!
Schedule & Dates
UPCOMING COMPETITION DATES*
- November 1, 2021 – Registration closes (All registration materials are due)
- December 4 & 5, 2021 – FREE St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Workshops
- December 18, 2021 – Preliminary Round (Instrumentalists & Vocalists)
- December 19, 2021 – Preliminary Round (Specialty Acts & Dancers)
- January 16, 2022 – Semi-final Round
- January 17, 2022 – Finalists Production Meeting after school (required of all finalists)
- January 18 – 28, 2022 – One-on-one rehearsal with production Team NOTE: You are ONLY responsible for attending a 90-minute rehearsal scheduled during this week
- January 31 – February 5, 2022 – Production Rehearsals as scheduled
- February 7 – 11, 2022 – Tech & Dress Rehearsals- required of all finalists at select times
- February 11, 2022 – Finals on stage at the Fabulous Fox
* All rounds of the competition will be conducted in front of a live audience.
The Producers will provide the following equipment and personnel for rounds of the competition that are produced on stage:
- PA System
- Microphones (up to 6)
- Mic Stands (up to 6)
- Stage monitor
- Chairs (up to 6)
- CD/Flashdrive Playback equipment (cell phones may not be used to play music)
- Sound Operator
- Piano Accompanist*
- Basic Stage Lighting
Any additional equipment must be provided by the students and at their own expense. Please contact the Foundation in advance to discuss technical needs at TeenTalentCompetition@foxpacf.org
*Acts must notify us in advance on their registration paperwork that they intend to use the piano accompanist that the Foundation provides. Acts using the accompanist will be asked to provide their sheet music in the correct key upon registering and in advance of the Preliminary Round.
College Scholarships & Cash Awards
2022 College Scholarships and Cash Awards:
1st Place $8,000 Scholarship
2nd Place $6,000 Scholarship
3rd Place $4,000 Scholarship
Southeast Missouri State University – Each student who participated in the Competition from the Preliminary Round through the Final Round will be considered for a renewable scholarship ranging in amount from $500 – $2,000
Webster University – Each Finalist who enrolls as an undergraduate in any area of study at Webster University’s home campus will be eligible to receive a $2,000 scholarship
Audience Choice Award – $1,500 Cash Prize
underwritten by Fredie & Odile Tompkins
MVP- Most Valuable Performer – $500 Cash Prize
underwritten by FoxPACF Board of Directors
The Barrett Berrera Dance Performance Award – $1,500 Cash Prize
underwritten by Susan Barrett
The Terry Lynford Classical Music Scholarship – $1,500 Cash Prize
underwritten by Terry Lynford
The Voss Family Originality Award – $1,500 Cash Prize
underwritten by Tom & Carol Voss
Musical Theatre Scholarship Award – $1,500 Cash Prize
underwritten by Mary Strauss
The Berges Classical Performance Award – $1,500 Cash Prize
underwritten by Jim and Cathy Berges
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Prizes & Performance Opportunities
2022 Prizes & Performance Opportunities
Ashleyliane Dance Company – Scholarship for the 2022 Summer Intensive and 10 drop-in summer classes
Big Muddy Dance Company – Scholarship to the 2022 Summer Intensive Program
Chamber Music Society of St. Louis – The opportunity to perform as part of a CMSSL concert during the upcoming season
Circus Harmony – Class tuition
COCA (Center of Creative Arts) – Gift certificate for class tuition
DaySpring Arts & Education – Gift certificate for class tuition
Gateway Center for Performing Arts – Gift certificate for class tuition
St. Charles Community College Performing Arts Department – Scholarship to 2022 Jazz Camp
STAGES Performing Arts Academy – Gift certificate for class tuition
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Thank you to all of the generous supporters of the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition
Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust Arts & Education Council FoxPACF Board of Directors The Gupta-Trampe Family Susan Barrett Jim & Cathy Berges David & Julie Capes Sally Johnston Ken & Nancy Kranzberg Terry Lynford John Russell Terry & Sally Schnuck Mary Strauss Tom & Carol Voss
2022 ST. LOUIS TEEN TALENT COMPETITION JUDGES!
Students will be reviewed by a panel of qualified judges at each round of the competition. Judges will select the best talent regardless of category (i.e. singer, actor, musician, dancer, band, comedian, magician, specialty act, etc.) The judging criteria at each level of competition will be:
- Technical Ability
- Stage Presence: personality and confidence
CONTINUE TO CHECK BACK TO FIND OUT WHO WILL BE THE 2022 ST. LOUIS TEEN TALENT COMPETITION JUDGES!
St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Production Team
Director / Writer
Tony’s career began in St. Louis at the age of ten in the children’s chorus at The Muny. He went on to appear in the National tour of A Chorus Line and was on Broadway in 42nd Street, Me and My Girl, and City of Angels. Directing credits include Hello, Dolly! starring Madeline Kahn, Oliver! starring Ellen Greene, Me and My Girl starring Tim Curry among many, many others both nationally and abroad. SEE FULL BIO!
Yvonne Meyer Hare
Yvonne Meyer Hare, Choreographer, grew up in St. Louis, training with Gerri Stretz and the St. Louis Youth Ballet. Professionally, she began at the St. Louis Muny Opera, performing in over 35 shows, assisting some of Broadway’s finest choreographers and directors. SEE FULL BIO!
Steve Neale is an award-winning composer, conductor and pianist. With a degree in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music, Steve has written and produced music for film, video games, and live theater around the country. SEE FULL BIO!
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