Bio

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Syrhea Conaway is a multi-instrumentalist and music instructor who lives and works in St. Louis. Writing, arranging, and performing music since age 10, Conaway has earned medals in District and State competitions, and she performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Youth Chorus at age 18. She has since twice performed for TEDx Gateway Arch, given musical speeches for the Arts and Education Council, been a panelist on “Women in Music”, moderated conversations with Damon Davis, as a part of USDAC and the Regional Arts Commission’s CultureSHIFT 2016, as well as KDHX’s Race and Blues series in 2018.  She has opened for many national artists such as, Asobi Seksu, Kristeen Young, Future Islands, and Paul Rucker (cellist/artist), and collaborated with world-renown ensemble Alarm Will Sound for a performance at the Sheldon Concert Hall in 2015.  In the fall of 2017 she participated as a member of New Music Circles’ St. Louis Ensemble collaboration led by LA electronic musician John Weise. She’s produced live sound design for the Peabody Award Winning Podcast “To the Best of Our Knowledge” that aired on 220 NPR stations in the summer of 2017, and spends time performing and writing with a few bands in St. Louis.  She has and continues to present workshops at local schools and libraries, give motivational speeches and performances for non profit an for profit organizations, and has returned to the Center of Creative Arts (COCA)’s Summer Institute which aims to bring art integration to school curriculum. Currently she is the instructor for a plethora of arts based programs in St. Louis, and a core member of the Great River’s Greenway Artist of Color Council.