This year, 153 students from more than 80 high schools and performing arts organizations plus homeschoolers registered to compete in the preliminary round. 57 students, making up 37 acts, were selected as semi-finalists to compete on March 1st. Semi-finalist acts include singers, a variety of solo musicians, an alternative rock band, dancers including tap, ballet and contemporary, rappers, a ventriloquist and a hula-hooper!
Judges for the 2014 semi-final round include professionals from St. Louis performing arts organizations. A complete list of semi-final judges can be found on the FPACF website. A total of $24,500 in scholarships and prizes plus other awards will be distributed among the top competitors on April 4. A full list can be found on the FPACF website. Finalists will also have the opportunity to perform at area events throughout the year. 2014 public appearances scheduled to date include The Muny, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, National Dance Week Celebration, Midtown Taste Art Fair and Webster Grove’s Art & Air Festival.
FPACF reintroduced the competition in 2011 after a 25 year hiatus to showcase the St. Louis region’s most talented teens in the performing arts. Student acts include singers, dancers, actors, musicians, comedians and circus skill artists competing as soloists or in groups of as many as six. The 2013 winners of the competition were Grant Riew from John Burroughs School and Christopher Halen from Whitfield School as “Two Mellow Cello Fellows” performing their original arrangement Pachelbel Pop.
Videos of the competition process by Miano.tv will be available on our own channel graciously donated by SchoolTube.com (http://www.schooltube.com/
Official information, including a complete list of scholarships and prizes, for the 4th Annual 2014 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition can be found on the Foundation’s website as well as on the FPACF Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/
The community response to this FREE event has been amazing and has grown over the past three years with “sold out” crowds at the Fox. Additionally, each year 120,000 viewers have watched the Nine Network’s hour-long program on the competition.
Highlights of last year’s event and the winning performances from the 2011 through 2013 events can be seen on our SchoolTube and YouTube pages (http://www.youtube.com/
Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation fosters, promotes, and encourages
young people in the St. Louis region to discover and participate in the joy and
wonder of live performances.