In Partnership with Maryville University
L.I.F.E Compositions Songwriting is a one on one mentoring program for junior high students of ages 11-14. Students have one on one sessions with music therapists to compose original songs. Sessions include the use of therapeutic songwriting that focuses on the student's mental and emotional well being.
Brian had the initiative to reach out to junior high students of a local charter school to give them the opportunity and experience to write and professionally record their own song. He was informed that most of the students attending the school dealt with urban trauma; traumatic experiences due to the state of their environment.
The aspiration of the program is to give the students the opportunity to constructively express themselves through music. The one on one therapeutic songwriting gives them the time, attention, resources and encouragement to accomplish the task. More importantly, it is the overall goal that the students learn more about who they are, feel validated and empowered to be leaders in our world today.
Peer to Peer Mentoring
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE STL SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA & STL SYMPHONY IN UNISON PROGRAM
Peer to Peer Mentoring is a program where talented young musicians from the STL Symphony Youth Orchestra mentor young minority musicians from underserved schools around the St. Louis area. The purpose of the program is to diversify the classical music community through accessibility and human connection. Students are given the opportunity to sit in on youth orchestra rehearsals, receive tutoring from his or her mentor, attend STL Symphony concerts together, and perform side by side in selected concerts. Through Peer to Peer Mentoring, both the mentor and mentee are exposed to new experiences that create a sense of community and develop a culture of mentorship in our next generation of artists and audiences.
Remix Project Ensemble
In Partnership with University of Missouri-St. Louis
The Remix Project Ensemble began as a non auditioned ensemble in the spring of 2015. After their debut in June of 2015 they quickly captured the hearts and minds of audiences with the innovative approach to traditional spirituals, infusing various styles including hip hop. After being featured on the Life Compositions Vol 1. recording, and two appearances on the Nine Network, founders Duane Foster and Brian Owens began to make plans to audition and formally organize. In March 2016, the Remix Project Ensemble was officially launched. After only 3 rehearsals this talented group of teens debuted at the historic Peabody Opera House for an audience of 3100 attendees.
The "Classic Soul"
Lunch and Learn
In Partnership with ASC Works & E. Desmond Lee Arts Collaborative
Designed for high school and college students. The "Classic Soul" Lunch and Learn exposes students 9th grade through college to life lessons from living legends with a format that ranges from informal intimate lunches to group Q&A sessions with some of the leading artistic professionals working today