Finding A Voice Through Music by Nancy Fowler
Take 6 at UMSL by Evie Hemphill
A Maryville University music therapy partnership uses music to bring relief to children whose daily experience includes a range of traumas involving poverty and violence. Working at Confluence Academy-Old North, a charter school located in St. Louis, music therapy students help middle schoolers pour their feelings into instrumentals and lyrics through a program called Life Songs.
Making Music: Sterling Bank by Alexa Beattie
Brian Owens (center), the Des Lee Community Music Artist in Residence, was instrumental in connecting Take 6 with a crowd of young singers at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center in October. In addition to UMSL’s own University Singers, about 90 students from Riverview Gardens, Jennings, Ferguson-Florissant and St. Louis high schools packed the Whitaker Room for the free Lunch and Learn event.
“Art can be a driving force in change,” says Owens, a singer who is a St. Louis Symphony Artist in Residence and Ferguson resident. “The driving force of Sterling Bank for L.I.F.E. is to mentor and raise up the next generation of leaders by providing them with the best possible experiences they otherwise might not have.”