Youth Programs

The Sheldon’s Youth Programs are performing ensembles that give St. Louis students the opportunity to hone their musical talent.

Showcasing the best young musicians in St. Louis, The Sheldon and HEAL Center for the Arts’ North County Big Band, led by Harvey Lockhart, and The Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus, led by Maria A. Ellis, provide students with invaluable skills that prepare them for their futures—no matter what their dreams may be.

Though the 21-22 school year will unfold differently, the ensembles generally perform twice-yearly at The Sheldon, as well as throughout the school year at special events and for community partners. Rehearsals for both ensembles take place on Monday nights at The Sheldon with dinner and transportation provided to participating students

The Sheldon and HEAL Center for the Arts’ North County Big Band

Founded in North County, this dynamic group welcomes students from all over St. Louis City and beyond who have an interest in jazz. The Sheldon and HEAL Center for the Arts’ North County Big Band, directed by Harvey Lockhart, nurtures the development of young jazz musicians through weekly rehearsals, masterclasses with touring artists and performances at The Sheldon and in the community throughout the year. Students are invited to participate in this free community jazz experience for individual and professional growth. Students of all levels grades 6th-12th are welcome.

Fall 2022 Enrollment

Register before June 1 to earn 2 free tickets to Golf The Galleries at The Sheldon!

  • Forster your natural talent and love of jazz
  • Rehearse at The Sheldon Monday nights September through May
  • Perform on stage at The Sheldon and throughout the community
  • Receive instruction from director Harvey Lockhart and distinguished jazz musicians
  • Participate in masterclasses with touring guest artists

Food and transportation are provided for rehearsals and concerts.

All high school students who wish to become involved with the North County Big Band are welcome to fill out our application form.

The Sheldon and HEAL Center for the Arts’ North County Big Band is made possible by The Steward Family Foundation, David and Barbara Gifford and many other generous donors.

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The Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus

The Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus auditions are in-person! Led by Maria A. Ellis, high school students from throughout the St. Louis region are invited to audition for this all-star, select chorus.

Fall 2022 auditions will be announced soon.

Schedule an audition appointment by submitting the form below!

Students should prepare an audition song of their choice

Open to 9th-12th grade students.

All voice parts are welcome.

Limited space available!

Our chorus offers many benefits, including:

  • Fostering a passion for learning music
  • Learning music reading and theory skills
  • Community performance opportunities
  • Individual voice lessons
  • Connecting with mentors and fellow singers from throughout the St. Louis area
  • Preparation for college auditions

Please apply below to arrange audition time.

The Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus is made possible by the Centene Charitable Foundation and many other generous donors.

 

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