Youth Programs

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

Showcasing the best young musicians in St. Louis, The Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus, led by Maria A. Ellis, provides students with invaluable skills that prepare them for their futures—no matter what their dreams may be.

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

City of Music All-Star Chorus 22-23 Auditions:
August 15 from 2 -3 p.m.

Enjoy ice cream and mini golf at The Sheldon’s “Golf The Galleries” after auditions from 3 – 5 p.m.
Open to 9th – 12th Grade Students
All voice parts welcome!
*Students should prepare an audition song of their choice

Register to Audition

Send the Chorus to Carnegie!

The Sheldon is pleased to announce a fundraising campaign to Send the Chorus to Carnegie! We are asking for the public to help send The Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus students to New York City, June 22-26, 2023 for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform at Carnegie Hall! Led by the nationally acclaimed conductor Maria A. Ellis, the All-Star Chorus is made up of some of the most talented high school singers from across the St. Louis area including St. Louis Public Schools and Riverview Gardens High School. This opportunity will offer invaluable skills and experiences that will help prepare these students for their futures—no matter what their dreams may be. Ellis will serve as guest conductor for the concert, leading Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, in New York’s iconic Carnegie Hall.

The Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus has a goal to raise $30,000 before September 30, 2022! Anyone wishing to donate can text-to-give at 314-582-8848 with special code: “NYC,” or visit TheSheldon.org/chorus. For more information, please call 314-533-9900 during normal business hours.

Donate Today!

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.

 

Apply Today

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.

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.