2023 SLTTC Archive

2023 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition

Rayquan Strickland

First Place

Central Visual & Performing Arts High School

Noah Van Ess

Second Place

Lindbergh High School

Avery Payne

Third Place

Orchard Farm High School

2023 Awardees


1st Place $8,000 Scholarship – Rayquan Strickland
underwritten by Mary Strauss

2nd Place $6,000 Scholarship – Noah Van Ess
underwritten by John Russell

3rd Place $4,000 Scholarship – Avery Payne
underwritten by Sally Johnston

Audience Choice Award $1,000 Scholarship – Cats Jazz Collective
underwritten by Odile and Fred Tompkins

MVP – Most Valuable Performer Award – Noah Van Ess
underwritten by the Board of the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation

Kranzberg Vocal Performance Award – Noah Van Ess
underwritten by Terry Lynford

The “I” Award – Drum Warriors Ensemble
underwritten by Terry & Sally Schnuck for the most Imaginative, Inspired, and Inventive act

Keep Art Happening Scholarship – Anna Layher
underwritten by Arts & Education Council of St. Louis

Poppy Award – Saisha Bhutani
underwritten by the Gupta-Trampe family to encourage the winner to continue their artistic journey delivering joy and happiness to others

Voss Family Originality Award – Rayquan Strickland
underwritten by Tom & Carol Voss for the best original work in composition, writing, arranging or choreography

Berges Classical Performance Award – Ariana Kroeger
underwritten by the Berges family

Barrett Barrera Projects Dance Award – Avery Payne
underwritten by Susan Barrett

Terry Lynford Classical Music Scholarship – Cindy Yan
underwritten by Ken & Nancy Kranzberg

Musical Theatre Scholarship Award – Ava Hettenhausen
underwritten by Donald Jones & Pat Vogelsang

St. Louis Recording Club Prize – Rayquan Strickland
underwritten by Carl Nappa

Bach Society of Saint Louis – Olivia Knopf
Olivia Knopf (semi-finalist) has been awarded the opportunity to engage in a side-by-side chorus rehearsal, participation in a vocal master class, and/or the opportunity to perform in a Bach Society of Saint Louis Choral Concert.

Big Muddy Dance Company – Kaelyn Young
Kaelyn Young (semi-finalist) has been awarded a Big Muddy Summer Intensive Scholarship.

Cabaret Project of St. Louis – Cortland English
Cortland English (finalist) has been selected to receive a scholarship to The Cabaret Project’s “Sing Center Stage” summer program.

Capes Coaching – Kyla Gerhardt
Kyla Gerhardt (finalist) has been awarded a gift certificate for an “Artists in Action” digital career planning program.

COCA – Jillian Ritter, Shelby Peters, Olivia Knopf, Zacchaeus Williams, Priya Gangasingh, Khamani Collins, Sofia Call, Kaelyn Young, Grace Schwegel
Sofia Call, Khamani Collins, Priya Gangasingh, Olivia Knopf, Shelby Peters, Jillian Ritter, Grace Schwegel, Zacchaeus Williams, and Kaelyn Young have each been awarded gift certificates for class tuition.

Chamber Music Society of St. Louis – Cindy Yan
Cindy Yan (finalist) has been selected for the opportunity to perform as part of a Chamber Music Society of St. Louis concert during the upcoming season.

Circus Harmony – Sophie Wright
Kyla Gerhardt (finalist) has been awarded a scholarship for four private juggling lessons or four private aerialist lessons.

DaySpring Arts & Education – Kaelyn Young
Sophie Wright (semi-finalist) has been awarded a gift certificate for class tuition.

Fox PACF – Cortland English
Cortland English (finalist) will receive a scholarship to attend the Acting Master Class with Wayne Salomon, produced by the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation as part of the Broadway Master Class series.

Gateway Center for Performing Arts – Molly Sallaberry
Molly Sallaberry (semi-finalist) has been awarded a gift certificate for class tuition.

STL Rhythm Collaborative – Ariana Kroeger
Ariana Kroger (finalist) has been awarded a place in the STL Rhythm Fest, a 2-day workshop packed with classes taught by world-renowned tap dance artists.

Saint Louis Ballet – Avery Payne
Avery Payne (finalist) has been awarded a scholarship for Saint Louis Ballet’s summer intensive program for advanced level dancers.

St. Charles Community College – Yrwin Batan
Yrwin Batan (finalist) has been awarded a scholarship to St. Charles Community College Jazz Camp.

St. Louis Theatre Organ Society – Yrwin Batan
The Mighty Wurlitzer Award for Keyboard Talent Yrwin Batan (finalist) has been awarded a cash prize.

Stages Performing Arts Academy – Zacchaeus Williams, Kate Marshall, Lexie Lloyd, Anna Clark, Beatrice Bussen, Brea Johnson
Semi-finalists Beatrice Bussen, Anna Clark, Brea Johnson, Lexie Lloyd, Kate Marshall, and Zacchaeus Williams have been awarded scholarships to be applied to tuition/private lessons/attending classes). Each recipient will also receive a voucher for the STAGES Collection.

Every finalist will receive a certificate for tickets to a 2023 Muny production.







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