The Musial Awards are the most prestigious sports awards in St. Louis, and the city is also home to a variety of music awards. Barbara Schankman has been the artistic director and executive director of The St. Louis Children's Choirs for the past 25 years, and has impacted approximately 6,000 singers through the musical excellence and character development program of the choirs under her leadership.
The St. Louis Children's Choirs is comprised of seven ensembles with 350 to 450 students a year, aged 6 to 18, from more than 200 school districts in 85 zip codes in Missouri and Illinois. Steve Schankman is another prominent figure in the St. Louis music scene. Starting in 1968, he turned Contemporary Productions into one of the largest entertainment producers in the country.
The company built the Riverport Amphitheater (now Verizon Wireless), partnered with Joe Edwards on The Pageant, created Dialtix and put St. Louis on the map as a major music destination. In addition to helping charities and institutions raise millions, Steve has donated millions himself, including personal funding for the huge and unique metal animal sculpture that frames a corner of the Saint Louis Zoo. He also continues to play the trumpet, playing with the Fabulous Motown Revue, the Sessions Big Band and his own Steve Schankman Orchestra. Karin Brewer is another renowned musician from St.
Louis. She has recorded and performed as a background vocalist for several Grammy Award-winning artists in the music industry. Brewer is highly regarded for her impressive performance of the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos, by Srauss, which she has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyon Opera, the Theatre du Chatelet, the Santa Fe Opera, the English National Opera and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
This summer, Karin is very excited to coach the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America through the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in New York City.Suzanne Miller is another prominent figure in St. She is the director of Fine Arts at the Normandy School Collaboration and has been teaching in the classroom for more than 25 years as a music teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, where she also leads the Jefferson Elementary School choir. Riley Miller is another talented musician from St. Louis who starred in the recent production of Matilda at COCA (Center of Creative Arts). He has also performed in community musical theater productions and in four professional dance and musical theater productions with renowned theater and Broadway actors. Karin Brewer is also a returning faculty member at Aspen Music Festival where she spends several weeks teaching and performing in several of its orchestras.
Its objective has been to develop students' understanding of African-American contributions to music through musical literature and to highlight their influence on all musical genres. Karin earned her master's degree in music from Northwestern University and her bachelor's degree in music from Boston University. Keyon Harrold is another prominent figure in St. Louis music scene who left Ferguson, Missouri at age 18 to go to New York City to enroll in The New School and got his first big job with Common, an experience that broadened his musical horizons to include funk, Afrobeat, R&B and hip hop. Nicole Miller highlights black experience in United States through her immersive installation of recorded and appropriate sounds and music called A Sound, a Signal, The Circus accompanied by excerpts from interviews that Miller conducted in St. Louis. The city of St.
Louis has many talented musicians who have made significant contributions to its music scene over the years. There are several awards given out each year that recognize these musicians for their achievements including The Musial Awards, The Steve Schankman Awards, The Karin Brewer Awards, The Suzanne Miller Awards, The Riley Miller Awards, The Keyon Harrold Awards and The Nicole Miller Awards.