Aubory Bugg homeschool student from Granite City and Trifecta homeschool students from Ferguson tied for the 1st Place $8,000 prize.

On February 11, the fourteen finalists of the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition competed live on stage at the Fabulous Fox. Students vied for $50,000 in college scholarships, cash awards and special prizes. A full list of prizes and winners along with official event information can be found on the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s  website. This year’s competition winners were revealed at the conclusion of the event.

$8,000 First place prize underwritten by Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust

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Aubory Bugg, Vocalist & Guitarist
Performing “Dancing in the Streets” by Stephen Day

Trifecta, Partner Acrobatics

Dennis Bailey, Eliot Bailey, and Ethan Ryan


Performing to “Three for the Win” by Dr. Jeffery Carter

$6,000 Second place prize underwritten by John Russell

Noah Van Ess, Vocalist
Lindbergh High School

Performing “Let It Sing” from the musical Violet by Jeanine Tesori & Brian Crawley

$4,000 Third place prize underwritten by Sally Johnston
Tony Pittman, Contemporary Dancer
Fort Zumwalt East High School

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Performing to “Earthquake” by Andries de Haan

The $1,000 cash Audience Choice Award went to dancer Hannah Stebe from Fort Zumwalt High School.

Hannah Stebe. ProPhotoSTL.

The panel of judges are performing arts professionals with careers spanning film, the recording industry, television and Broadway. They judged the acts on interpretation, stage presence, technical ability and originality. The professionally produced show was written and directed by Tony Parise (Broadway actor, dancer, director and choreographer). Acts were also advised by musical director Stephen Neale, and choreographer Yvonne Meyer Hare (Professional Dance Center).

The Finals were filmed by Nine PBS for a special St. Louis Teen Talent Competition program scheduled to air on Monday, April 11 at 7 pm. 

This special presentation will give a wider audience the opportunity to see St. Louis’ talented teens perform. The Competition will also be available to stream online at later this spring.

The 13th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will take place on April 8, 2023. Pre-registration for the competition is now open. Additional information about this event and other programs can be found at the Foundation’s website.

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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.

In addition to the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation also produces a variety of other performing arts programs that focus on youth including Kids’ Night at the Fabulous Fox, Broadway Master Classes, Educational Encores, Audition Workshops,
and is a producing partner of the St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards.

2019 Event Provides Scholarships, Instructional, Educational &
Performance Opportunities for St. Louis Metro Area High School Students
Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FoxPACF) is pleased to announce the 9th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition.  Registration is FREE and is NOW OPEN ONLINE at for all performing arts high school students in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.  Students will be vying for more than $40,000 in college scholarships, cash awards, and prizes as well as performance opportunities. Contestants must be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the 2018-2019 school year and must attend a high school/home school within a 50-mile bi-state radius from the Arch.

More than 225 high schools and performing arts organizations in the St. Louis metro area received details about the 9th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. Registration is open through December 1, 2018. Performing arts categories include (but are not limited to): Singer, Actor, Musician, Dancer, Band, Comedian, Magician, Circus Act or Specialty Act–which may include up to six students performing as a group and can perform original or published material. “We hope students who are passionate about the performing arts will register for the competition,” said Jim Weidman, President of the FoxPACF Board of Directors.
A “What It’s All About” Pre-Registration Seminar will be held in October of 2018 to provide an overview of the entire experience for anyone interested in competing.  Once registered, students will also have access to Pre-Competition Workshops that delve deeper into the auditioning process, audition techniques, etiquette, song choice, attire, etc. Registration for all workshops is available online at
Judges for both the Preliminary and Semi-final competitions are professionals representing a cross-section of the St. Louis performing arts community and entertainment industry who give constructive performance advice to each act individually.  Each round of competition will have a panel of at least three judges who will adjudicate and advance acts to the next round. Acts will be judged on technical ability, interpretation, stage presence and originality. Professional insight regarding auditioning tips and techniques along with scholarship opportunities throughout every level of the competition benefit for any high school student looking to improve their performance skills and education.
The Preliminary Round will be held in early February 2019 and the Semi-final Round will be held in March 2019.  The final competition on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at The Fabulous Fox is a professionally staged production, adjudicated by both St. Louis and national performing arts professionals. This final event is free and open to the public.
In addition to the $8,000 – 1st Place, $6,000 – 2nd Place, and $4,000 – 3rd Place scholarships awarded at the finals, restricted scholarship opportunities to Lindenwood University, Southeast Missouri State University, Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis will also be available to students taking part in the competition. Each finalist will also be eligible for unique public performance opportunities within the St. Louis area.
Finalists from the past eight years have performed at The Muny, National Dance Week, Taste of Maplewood, Gateway Grizzlies, Shakespeare Festival, Chamber Music Society of St. Louis, Winter Opera St. Louis and The Rising Stars Showcase. Highlights and winning performances from the 2011 through 2018 events are currently posted on our YouTube and SchoolTube channels and provide viewers a glimpse of what the competition is all about.
“We have been thrilled with the response to this event from students, parents, arts organizations and the community.  The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is uniquely positioned to provide the opportunity for students to perform at the Fox and on other stages around St. Louis. We are pleased that we are able to put talented young people in the spotlight,” said Mary Strauss, creator of the competition.
Call for Entries9th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent CompetitionDEADLINE: December 1, 2018Register on-line:
For additional information about this and other Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation events, please