Bach & Beyoncé is a weekly program hosted by Maria A. Ellis, Conductor, Musician, and Community Engagement Manager for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs.

April 8 and 11: Happy Birthday, Girl Conductor! – Join Maria as she celebrates her birthday by sharing music from a few of her favorite composers, singers, and more!

April 1 and 4: Bach and Beyoncé! – Join Maria as she celebrates Bach’s birthday as well as Beyoncé’s recent historic achievement of becoming the most Grammy-winning female artist in history, garnering more awards than any other performer — male or female.

March 25 and 28: Dr. Jeffrey Murdock – This episode features a conversation with Dr. Jeffrey Murdock, the 2021 Grammy Award-Winning Music Educator of the Year. Join Maria and Jeffrey as they discuss his journey through music education, the Grammys and Cardi B.

March 18 and 21: Dr. Jason Ferdinand – This episode features a conversation with Dr. Jason Ferdinand, conductor of The Oakwood Aeolians, an award-winning choir. Maria and Jason discuss winning the World Choir Games, breaking the 2019 American Choral Directors Association Conference, and starting a new ensemble in the middle of a pandemic.

March 11 and 14: 314 Day – This episode showcases STL music, food, history… all things St. Louis. Join Maria for a joyous celebration of our city!

March 4 and 7: Who Run the World? Women! – Maria celebrates women in the arts! Tune in to hear and learn about fabulous women doing phenomenal things in the arts community.

February 25 and 28: Celebrating Black Families in Music – This episode will feature families who create music together – husband and wife duos, sisters, cousins, and more… with a special selection from Maria’s family!

February 18 and 21: Black Opera Legends – Maria takes listeners on a journey of how she learned of some remarkable singers via her undergrad studies and television shows.

February 11 and 14: A Celebration of Love – This episode discusses how love is patient, kind… and WORK! Maria welcomes a surprise special guest as they discuss love through music.

February 4 and 7: Black History Month Begins – Have you heard of the composer who is referred to as “The Black Mozart?” If you haven’t, join Maria Ellis this week as she discusses Black Composers who you may not have learned about in your music class.

January 28 and 31: Who Sampled Me? – This episode features artists from various genres who have sampled classical music in their songs.

January 21 and 24: Classics – By definition, the word classical means: A form of art regarded as representing an exemplary standard; traditional and long-established in form or style. By that definition, we should be able to call all music used in various genres classical, right? Join Ms. Ellis for the conversation!

January 14 and 17: The Soundtrack for January 6, 2021 – Host Maria Ellis, Community Engagement Manager for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs, discusses the events of January 6 through the eyes of an African-American woman.

January 7 and 10: Do You Find Classical Music Boring? – Find out what Ms. Ellis has to say about the genre!

Maria A. Ellis is a music educator and choral conductor with more than 20 years of choral music experience.  She has been called a “master educator and a force of nature” by Dr. Jim Henry, University of Missouri- St. Louis.  Ms. Ellis has served as the Arts and Administrative Fellow for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and is the Founding Conductor of The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries’ newly formed City of Music All-Star Chorus.

Hear Episodes on SoundCloud