Sonic Arts United
Loud and Clear STL, a Sonic Arts United initiative, and Allied Media Projects sponsored project is a 10-week program designed to support girls, and young women who have an interest in the sonic arts, by providing them with a safe space, and the technology to learn, create and share ideas.
Storyteller, poet, author, and award winning advertising creative Cheeraz Gormon is from St. Louis, Missouri, and every bit a native daughter. As a poet, Cheeraz has opened up for scholar Cornell West, MacArthur Genius educator and curator Dr. Deborah Willis, and hip hop impresario Russell Simmons on stages nationally, and internationally. Cheeraz has been performed her poetry alongside musicians such as, David A.N. Jackson, Dwayne Bosman, Darrell Mixon, Syrhea Conaway a.k.a. SyanSoPro, Brothers Lazaroff, Elizabeth McQueen, Maurice “Mo” Egeston, Sunyatta McDermott, Mat Wilson, and Grover Stewart Jr., just to name a few.
In addition to her work with Sonic Arts United, Victoria Donaldson is engulfed in art and culture. Her work began after she returned from Howard University as a Biology major and decided to study photography. She expanded her creativity to music by deejaying and serving as co-host of RWTHNTC on 88.1 KDHX with Nappy DJ Needles. Victoria is a graduate of Alabama A&M University where she majored in Graphic Communications and Art History. She is also the organizer and founder of Black Cinema Club which is a quarterly film screening and discussion geared towards those with an interest in film and black culture.
Advocating for social justice in the U.S. & abroad, Loren D is an international performer & creator, winning awards from the NAACP & many other organizations. Loren D graduated from Hampton University in Virginia with a B.S. in Music Recording Technology, & has excelled as a poet, mezzo soprano, composer, & sound engineer. Originally a Chicagoan, Loren D has since relocated to St. Louis, joining ranks with the FarFetched collective as a post-genre creator & performer. She also teaches music engineering classes at the Ex’treme Institute by Nelly, and controls the live sound for countless bands that perform in the Midwest.
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 several medals in District, and State competitions as well as performing in Carnegie Hall with the National Youth Chorus at the age of 18. She has since performed for TEDx Gateway Arch, given musical speeches for the Arts and Education Council, and opened for many national artist such as, Asobi Seksu, Future Islands, and Paul Rucker (cellist/artist). Conaway has also collaborated with world renown ensemble Alarm Will Sound for a performance at the Sheldon Concert Hall in 2015 as well as a plethora of local artists.