League Larks & Nightingales

Junior League of St. Louis has maintained League Larks and Nightingales as community interaction opportunities since 1972 and 1984, respectively, for its members to connect with nursing homes, retirement centers, adult day cares and similar organizations.

Members of the Junior League of St. Louis are welcome to join either women’s singing group. Each provides live entertainment that offers music therapy stimulation and an audience participation experience to organizations and facilities that may not be able to have a music therapist on staff. Performances are offered throughout the St. Louis area during the day (League Larks) and evening (Nightingales).

Due to COVID-19 – Performances have been on hold.  Please check  back once COVID-19 restrictions have eased.

 Daytime performances

Organized in 1972, League Larks began rehearsing under the direction of Nance St. James and Martha Stiehl, and has been bringing musical joy to local St. Louisians weekly since.

A JLSL-sponsored women’s singing group that performs weekly on Wednesday mornings, the 30 volunteer singers are still under the direction of St. James and accompanist Ronna Paden. League Larks provides a valuable service for folks at local nursing homes, retirement centers, and adult day care facilities.

These women have performed at the JLSL Centennial Luncheon, the Siteman Cancer Center, The Muny, and the “We Sing for the Children” concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Their joyous sound has enhanced the lives of thousands of St. Louisans.

Please contact leaguelarks@jlsl.org to have the group perform at your event or facility.

Evening entertainment

Nightingales began as a JLSL-sponsored women’s singing group in 1984. The group provides live entertainment, and offers music therapy stimulation, as well as an audience participation experience to nursing home residents, retirement centers, and rehabilitation facilities throughout the St. Louis area.

As a non-professional choral group, Nightingales brings spirit, joy, laughter, music, and camaraderie to elderly audiences. Their hands-on approach offers music therapy through audience participation, offering a fun, interactive event for everyone involved.

Please contact nightingales@jlsl.org to have the group perform at your event or facility.