St. Louis is known for punching above its weight when it comes to classical music, with one of the world's great orchestras in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and an internationally renowned opera festival in Opera Theatre of St. Louis, as well as a host of smaller ensembles.

The region has also produced plenty of musicians, both singers and instrumentalists, with significant careers. Here, in Part 1 of a new series, are some of them.

(Yes, we know there are many more; some of them are already set for Part 2. Please let us know the names of the musicians you think should be included!) 

By Sarah Bryan Miller