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.

For the Fall 2021 semester, auditions will take place in-person. Future plans will be evaluated based on the safety and health of students. 

City of Music All-Star Chorus auditions coming up, September 1 from 5 – 7 p.m. Sign up below!

Open Call for The Sheldon and HEAL Center for the Art’s North County Big Band is September 20 from 5 – 7 p.m. Sign up below!

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

Led by Harvey Lockhart, Director of Music Programs at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School, The Sheldon and HEAL Center for the Arts’ North County Big Band is made up of some of the most talented and dedicated students from several St. Louis area schools. 2021 marks the band’s seventh season, with coaching provided by leading educators.

Open Call for The Sheldon and HEAL Center for the Art’s North County Big Band is September 20 from 5 – 7 p.m. Students should prepare jazz repertoire that demonstrates their ability to read music and improvise. All-State audition repertoire is suggested. All levels are encouraged to audition.

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 World Wide Technology, Inc., 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.

In person Auditions are September 1 from 5 – 7 p.m.!

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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