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Artist Bios

Christine Brewer | Soprano

Grammy Award-winning American soprano Christine Brewer’s appearances in opera, concert, and recital are marked by her own unique timbre, at once warm and brilliant, combined with a vibrant personality and emotional honesty reminiscent of the great sopranos of the past. Named one of the top 20 sopranos of all time (BBC Music), her range, golden tone, boundless power, and control make her a favorite of the stage and a highly sought-after recording artist, one who is “in her prime and sounding glorious” (Anthony Tommasini, New York Times). This is her seventh appearance at the annual interfaith concert.

Adam Maness | Composer

Adam Maness is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and composer. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maness has performed around the globe with award winning artists from many musical genres. His songs and compositions have been featured on several national and international recordings, television shows, and films. Adam Maness resides in St. Louis with his wife and two children.

The 442s

Combining two members of the world-class St. Louis Symphony and two of the city’s finest jazz musicians, The 442s are a genre-defying acoustic quartet named for the modern standard tuning of 442 Hz. Brought together by the innovative and inspired compositions of Adam Maness, who plays piano, guitar, accordion, melodica and glockenspiel in the group, The 442s also feature violinist Shawn Weil, cellistBjorn Ranheim, and bassist Sydney Rodway. This unique collaboration, formed in the spring of 2012, combines outstanding musicianship, group singing and inventive improvisation, all while breaking down barriers between jazz, classical, folk and pop music. The 442s were born of a common musical inquisitiveness and a search for new and exciting musical possibilities and collaborations.

Maria A. Ellis

Music Educator, Choral Conductor, Wife and Mother of 3 with over 20 years of choral music experience, Maria has been described as a “master educator” and a “force of nature” by Dr. Jim Henry, University of Missouri - St. Louis. Maria holds a B.M. in Music Education emphasis on Voice (K-12 Certified) Degree from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. She has served as the Arts and Administrative Fellow for the St. Louis Symphony and currently serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the St. Louis Children’s Choirs. Maria is the Music Director of The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries newly formed City of Music All-Star Chorus. Maria has served as a guest clinician and adjudicator for multiple schools throughout the Metropolitan St. Louis Area. She is an Assistant Conductor for the Lively Stone Church Choir and former conductor the Lively Stone J.A.M. Choir. Maria is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Music Educators and holds Level 1 Certification for Choral Music Education.