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The annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition provides high school students the opportunity to celebrate their passion, dedication, and love of the performing arts while competing for scholarships, cash prizes, to see their name in lights at the Fabulous Fox!

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Established in 1985, long before America’s Got Talent and American Idol, the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition was created to give high school student performers the opportunity to showcase their talents on stage at the Fabulous Fox. The program continued for two years and was resurrected in 2010, when Mary Strauss, co-founder of the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, established the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition as one of the marque programs for the Foundation.

This annual program recognizes and encourages student performers to compete in a talent category of their choice – dance, instrumentalist, vocalist, or specialty act, and a chance to work with theatre professionals throughout the competition.

Since its revival, thousands of student performers have competed for a chance to take center stage at the Fabulous Fox, with many Teen Talent Finalists securing career-advancing opportunities and attending prestigious performing arts universities.

The St. Louis Teen Talent Competition is produced by the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission of fostering, promoting, and encouraging young people in the St. Louis region to discover and participate in the joy and wonder of live performances. For more information about the Foundation and its programs, please visit FoxPACF.org.

Perform on the Fox’s Stage for a chance to win money!

The St. Louis Teen Talent Competition not only allows participants to perform live on the Fabulous Fox Theatre’s stage, but they will also have the chance to win some fantastic prizes. All contestants will have the opportunity to win college scholarships, cash awards, and other once-in-a-lifetime prizes.

1st Place

$8,000

2nd Place

$6,000

3rd Place

$4,000

Other Awards

In years past, we have also been able to offer teens unique opportunities, like studio recording sessions.

Audience Choice Award

Underwritten by Odile and Fred Tompkins
ALL SPECIALTIES

Barrett Barrera Projects Dance Award

Underwritten by Susan Barrett
DANCERS

Berges Classical Performance Award

Underwritten by the Berges family
DANCERS, INSTRUMENTALISTS, VOCALISTS

“I” Award

Underwritten by Terry & Sally Schnuck for the most Imaginative, Inspired, and Inventive act
ALL SPECIALTIES

Keep Art Happening Scholarship

Underwritten by Arts & Education Council of St. Louis
ALL SPECIALTIES

Kranzberg Vocal Performance Award

Underwritten by Ken & Nancy Kranzberg
VOCALISTS

Musical Theatre Scholarship Award

Underwritten by Donald Jones & Pat Vogelsang
VOCALISTS

MVP - Most Valuable Performer Award

Underwritten by the Board of the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation
ALL SPECIALTIES

Poppy Award

Underwritten by Gupta-Trampe family
ALL SPECIALTIES

Saint Louis Recording Club Prize

Underwritten by Carl Nappa
INSTRUMENTALISTS, VOCALISTS

Terry Lynford Classical Music Scholarship

Underwritten by Terry Lynford
INSTRUMENTALISTS

Voss Family Originality Award

Underwritten by Tom & Carol Voss for the best original work in composition, writing, arranging or choreography
INSTRUMENTALISTS

What to Expect

Entering the competition is simple and free to all high school-aged teens in the St. Louis Metro area. The St. Louis Teen Talent Competition is a great way to celebrate our arts community and promote opportunity! Are you ready to put your talents to the test?

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You have the talent, and you have the drive. Are you ready to step into the spotlight for a chance to perform on the Fabulous Fox Theater stage? Stay connected to learn how you can be a part of the     
 
2025 Teen Talent Competition!