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 President's Welcome  

It is with great anticipation and joy that I welcome you to the seventy-first season of Artist Presentation Society. You will find that many things are new and updated this year: Our letterhead has a fresh new style and an updated list of board members and advisors. Our printed materials reflect the same fresh design and excitement. And we have three incredible young artists whom we can hardly wait to hear perform this season.

You will also find that some things are the same: APS’s commitment to the gifted young artists of the St. Louis region remains strong. Our cooperation with concert and audition venues grows wider and more diverse. And our hardworking board continues to follow through on their promise to work tirelessly on behalf of these talented young musicians.

Our April 2017 auditions were very strong and the quality of this year’s winners is outstanding. It was a delightful day, full of talent and musical surprises and joy. I know you will not want to miss these concerts by Brian Woods, piano; Emma Hoeft, cello; and W. Mark Akin, guitar. Each of these artists will be awarded a significant cash award at the time of their performance, and we are very grateful to our generous donors who make our monetary support of them possible. We are also pleased that Radio Arts Foundation once again presented the RAF Audience Choice Award, and this year’s winner was Derrell Acon, baritone. We thank RAF for their generosity.

We cannot do this alone, and we are indebted to the following churches and venues for their cooperation with APS. Concerts this year are free of charge, and will be presented at First Congregational Church of Webster Groves, Second Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, and Union Avenue Christian Church. We are also delighted to announce that our auditions on April 21, 2018, will be at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) campus, and we are also grateful for this new collaboration. UMSL has a wonderful facility with excellent practice space, pianos, and an easily-accessible recital hall. We cannot wait to see what this year’s auditions bring and we invite you to join us for the excitement. Auditions are open to the public.

Thank you for your support of these fine young people and the mission of APS. After 71 years, the goal is the same: To furnish young musicians of the St. Louis area with opportunities, exposure, and monetary awards that will encourage and further their promising careers. Won’t you please join us this season, either with your presence or your gifts, or both? Elsewhere on this website, you will find complete concert information, how to be a part of APS with your financial gifts, or how to contact us for a mailed brochure. We can’t wait to see you.

Musically yours,
Paula Bernhardt, President


Click HERE for a 2017-2018 Season 8.5x14 brochure
or HERE for a 8.5x11 poster.


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