Union Avenue Opera’s University Artist Outreach program, Crescendo, will present a free recital on Sunday, March 10, at 5 p.m. The recital is the culmination for participants in UAO’s Crescendo program, a free, hands-on, performance based training program developed to further the education of local artists still young in their careers as they prepare to join the St. Louis art community.

The recital is free and open to all ages. It will be held on the Union Avenue Opera stage at 733 North Union Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108. This is a non-ticketed event. Doors open 4:30 p.m.

In the spring of 2014, Union Avenue Opera launched their new collegiate enrichment program called Crescendo.

Participants take part in a series of masterclasses and workshops presented by UAO’s esteemed professionals in anticipation of a public recital on March 10, where they will compete for $2,500 in scholarships and spots in UAO’s 2019 productions of Candide and La Boheme.

The program is open to all voice students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program within 60 miles of St. Louis, and offers a unique opportunity for young artists to work with their contemporaries while honing their craft.

To date, 72 students have completed the Crescendo program, some as many as 4 times! As a result, these young artists have appeared in over 65 roles in 7 operas as part of UAO’s Festival Season.  This year, 24 students from seven local music programs are participating in Crescendo.

Union Avenue Opera’s Crescendo is designed for the motivated student, to provide the opportunity to hone their craft while working with UAO’s esteemed professionals.

UAO believes St. Louis has a lot to offer singers and they want to reach out to local students and make their acquaintance. In addition, participants will compete for scholarships as well as paid positions in UAO’s 2019 productions of Bernstein’s Candide, Puccini’s La bohème, and Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied.* 

Numerous participants of the Crescendo Program have gained employment opportunities  working behind the scenes at Union Avenue Opera. Students were hired to work in the box office, run supertitles, as well as perform in productions, all of which gave them insight to a career in the performing arts.

cutline: 2018 Recital Winners: SIUE’s Sarah Paitz recipient of the John J. Prcic Memorial Scholarship, SIUE’s David Fournie winner of the Jack and Betty Swanson Scholarship, Webster University’s Abby Benson winner of the John Lessor Scholarship, and Artistic Director Scott Schoonover. Kari Frey Photography.

Meet the 2019 Crescendo Staff

Program Coordinator – Debra Hillabrand

Christine Armistead, Director of Vocal Activities, Washington UniversityJon Garrett, Adjunct Professor, Staff Accompanist and Music Director, St. Louis University; Adjunct Professor of Voice, Staff Accompanist and Music Director, Lindenwood University, Adjunct Professor, St. Charles Community CollegeSandra Geary, Piano Faculty, Washington UniversityMartha Hart, Associate Professor of Voice, Webster UniversityEric KuhnStella Markou, Director of  Vocal Studies, University of Missouri-St. LouisNancy Mayo, Piano Faculty, Webster UniversityJennifer MedinaAlice Nelson, Director of the Webster Opera Studio, Webster UniversityAnna Pileggi, Professor of the Practice in Drama, Washington UniversityNoël Prince, Voice Faculty, Washington UniversityMarc Schapman, Director of SIUE Opera Theatre, Southern Illinois University EdwardsvilleScott Schoonover, Artistic Director and Founder, Union Avenue Opera Stephanie Tennill, Assistant Professor of Music, Saint Louis University


Questions?Email Program Coordinator, Debra Hillabrand, at [email protected]

Union Avenue Opera’s new “Third Thursday” concert-series makes its debut this fall and takes place in some of St. Louis’ most beautiful homes and historic neighborhoods. However, all events are sold out, so you can call and get on a waiting list for the Magic Chef Mansion Oct. 18, Central West End Nov. 15 and Benton Park Dec. 20.

Price of admission includes libations (beer and wine) and dessert following each concert, while mingling with the artist and enjoying the fabulous architecture and decor.  $100 Patron level tickets include reserved seating as well as a tax-deductible donation to UAO. Individual tickets are $40.
Participating singers include Jason Mallory, Sandra Geary, Debra Hillabrand, Leeann Scheuring, Anthony Heinemann, Marlissa Hudson, Gina Malone, Robert Souza, Jeanine Gareshe, Manuele Kaymakanova and Nancy May.
Call the office to get on the waiting list to reserve tickets, 314 – 361-2881. The office is closed on Fridays during the fall and winter months.
All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Join us for this fall evening which features not only UAO’s remarkable singers but showcases three of our fine orchestra members in music written for voice, piano and instruments. Selections for this evening include: “Let the Bright Seraphim,” and “The Trumpet Shall Sound” by Handel and the moving “Shepherd on the Rock” by Schubert. The sounds of voice, trumpet, clarinet, and violin will echo through the exquisite white-painted 1897 Colonial revival Central West End home of Tony and Melanie Fathman. This elegant residence was designed by the elite Boston architectural firm of Shepley, Turan & Coolidge for railroad magnate Howard Elliott of New York.

Dec. 20


final concert takes place during the busy holiday season and provides the perfect opportunity to go back to a slower-paced time and enjoy the music of the season in John and Judith MacDonald’s 1890 fully-restored Victorian, decorated resplendently for the holidays in the Benton Park neighborhood. This cozy evening features a few of their most distinguished alums Alexandra LoBianco and Nikolas Wenzel singing  Christmas favorites like “Gesu Bambino,” “O Holy Night,” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” After the concert enjoy Christmas cookies and mulled cider around the tree.

The Union Avenue Opera’s 25th season will include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘The Sound of Music” July 5, 6, 12 and 13, starring Christine Brewer as the Mother Abbess; Puccini’s “La Boheme” on July 26, 27, Aug. 2 and 3; and Tom Sipullo’s “Glory Denied” on Aug. 16, 17, 23 and 24., the saga of Vietnam Veteran Co. Jim Thompson, the longest held American POW in U.S. history.

For more information, visit www.unionavenueopera.org