St. Louis Teen Talent Competition

St. Louis Teen Talent Competition

The 2022 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will air Monday, April 11 at 7 PM on Nine PBS

If you missed the show or want to relive the night, Nine PBS will broadcast the competition during a special one-hour program airing Monday, April 11 at 7 PM and it will also be available to stream at later this spring.


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We hope to see you next year at the 13th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition on April 8, 2023!

Bravo to all of
the 2022 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Participants!

See a complete list of the 2022 performers!

Noah Van Ess
Lindbergh High School

Tony Pittman
Fort Zumwalt East High School

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:

  • Singer
  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Dancer
  • Band
  • Comedian
  • Magician
  • 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


  •  April 8, 2023Finals on stage at the Fabulous Fox

   * All rounds of the competition will be conducted in front of a live audience.    


Technical Information


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
  • Piano Accompanist*
  • Basic Stage Lighting
  • Electricity

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

*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
underwritten by Ameren UE

2nd Place $6,000 Scholarship
underwritten by John Russell

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

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

University of Missouri – St. Louis – The 1st Place Winner will receive a  $1,000 E. Desmond Lee Scholarship

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 
underwritten by Fredie & Odile Tompkins

MVP- Most Valuable Performer
underwritten by FoxPACF Board of Directors

The Barrett Berrera Dance Performance Award 
underwritten by Susan Barrett

The Terry Lynford Classical Music Scholarship
underwritten by Terry Lynford

The Voss Family Originality Award 
underwritten by Tom & Carol Voss

Musical Theatre Scholarship Award
underwritten by Mary Strauss

The Berges Classical Performance Award 
underwritten by Jim and Cathy Berges

The “I” Award
underwritten by Terry & Sally Schnuck

Kranzberg Vocal Performance Award
underwritten by Nancy & Ken Kranzberg


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

The Saint Louis Recording Club Recording Session –A student will have the opportunity to take part in a professional recording session with Grammy-nominated Producer, Carl Nappa.

Saint Louis Ballet – Scholarship to the 2022 Summer Intensive Program

STAGES Performing Arts Academy Gift certificate for class tuition



Generous Supporters




Thank you to all of the generous supporters of the 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition

Event Sponsors:

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





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
  • Interpretation
  • Stage Presence: personality and confidence
  • Originality

Meet the 2022 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Judges!

Preliminary Round
Click on their names to see pictures and bios

VOCAL JUDGES:                      SPECIALTY ACT JUDGES:                DANCE JUDGES:            INSTRUMENTAL JUDGES:
Ron Gibbs                                   Elliana Hentoff-Killian                          Kelly Ging                          Gene Dobbs Bradford
Maria Ellis                                   Carmen Guynn                                    Tiala Taylor                          Dr. Michael Smith
Dominic Dowdy-Windsor            Donna Northcott                                 Robert Scoggins                 Kasimu Taylor
Susan Gordon                            John Contini


Semi-final Round
Click on their names to see pictures and bios

VOCAL JUDGES:                      SPECIALTY ACT JUDGES:                DANCE JUDGES:                  INSTRUMENTAL JUDGES:
Tali Allen                                      Gary Bell                                              Lee Nolting                             Josh Harris
Lara Teeter                                  Monica Newsam                                  Ashley Tate                             Marc Gordon
Darlean King                                Darlean King                                       Zoe Vonder Haar                    Dr. Phil Woodmore
Yvette Loynaz                              Nancy Sherwin                                    Kirven Douthit-Boyd                Angelina McLaughlin-Heil


Final Round
Click on their names to see pictures and bios

Taylor Louderman
Carl Nappa
Antonio Douthit-Boyd
Audrey Kwong
Mike Isaacson
Alice Bloch
Anita Jackson


St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Production Team

Tony Parise

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

Music Director

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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