Five PHS students among 20 chosen for selective Opera Theatre program
Five PHS students among 20 chosen for selective Opera Theatre program
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Five Pattonville High School students were among 20 chosen from the St. Louis region to participate in the Opera Theatre of St. Louis' highly selective Artists in Training (AIT) program following competitive auditions.

Pattonville junior Tony Washington was selected for the AIT program for the second year in a row. Also chosen for the program were junior Kristen Jones and sophomores Ja'nya Cruise, Grace Radican and Hannah Radican. Their choir teachers at Pattonville are Tracy Baker and Melynda Lamb.

Students selected for the program participate in weekly, college-level voice lessons and coaching, take part in master classes with professional singers and teachers from around the country, perform in recitals, compete for $12,000 in scholarship funds and receive college guidance. Students also participate in retreats and college tours and attend opera and musical theater performances in the area.

"We had 14 of our students audition for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis Young Artists in Training program," Baker said. "The program only takes 20 students (10 boys and 10 girls) within a 90-mile radius of St. Louis. You have to be a sophomore, junior or senior to be eligible and audition in front of a panel of college voice teachers and coaches. We are super proud of these kids and their accomplishments."

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Selected for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis Artists In Training program were, from left, front row, Kristen Jones and Tony Washington; and back row, Ja’nya Cruise, Hannah Radican and Grace Radican.