Education Concerts

Introduce your students to their SLSO! Perfect for elementary and middle school students, these 45-minute concerts align with both Missouri and Illinois learning standards and are designed to spark student imagination and inspire a lifelong love of music. Free companion teacher guides are available for each concert.

Live concerts for younger audiences will proceed as conditions allow under recommendations of health and safety specialists. Please view the current health and safety policy.  

Music Without Boundaries

Tuesday, February 21, 9:30am & 11:00am
Wednesday, February 22, 9:30am & 11:00am

What does home sound like to you? Music is a language spoken around the world with unique dialects created through variances in rhythm, harmony, instrumentation, style, and tradition. Audience members are encouraged to listen for cultural influences in music and explore the similarities and differences between our individual musical identities in Music Without Boundaries.


Matthew Henry & the UMSL Percussion Ensemble, African drum ensemble
Amir Salesevic, accordion
Rulin Olivia Zhang, erhu (Chinese violin)

William Grant STILL "Moderately" from Symphony No. 3, The Sunday Symphony
TRADITIONAL "fanga alafia"
TRADITIONAL (arr. Maness) "Saran Kenyi"
TRADITIONAL (arr. Woehr) "Hold My Life"
Yaoxing CHEN The Galloping Battle Horses
Arturo MÁRQUEZ Danzón No. 2 for Orchestra



Encourage your students to find music that sounds like home and share it with their classmates and our wider community. Videos of the music they find can be shared on the SLSO’s Flipgrid so that students across our community can enjoy and be inspired by the diversity of music that exists in our region. See the Music Without Boundaries Teacher Guide for a detailed Lesson Plan! 

Link Up: The Orchestra Sings

Wednesday, May 10, 9:30am & 11:00am at the Touhill Performing Arts Center - Sold Out
This is a national program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute

Link Up is a hands-on music program for students in grades 3-5 that prepares them to sing, dance, and play recorders or string instruments in a culminating concert along with the SLSO. This year's program, The Orchestra Sings, uncovers how musicians play their instruments to create a feeling that the whole orchestra is singing. Together we'll discover the wonders of melody by exploring melodic shapes, patterns, and storytelling.

All schools attending Link Up must complete the online ticket order form. Teachers new to The Orchestra Sings are required to attend a free professional develop workshop this fall. Registration deadline is Friday, October 14.

Link Up is sold out. 

Ticketing Information

All Education Concert tickets are $5 each. Teachers will receive one complimentary chaperone ticket per ten student tickets. Invoices are mailed after online orders have been received and processed. Payment is due 30 days prior to the concert(s) and can be made by credit card, check, or cash. No purchase orders, please. Your ticket will be emailed after payment is received. Cancellations or exchanges can be made in advance of payment.


Subsidized Tickets and Transportation Assistance

Subsidized tickets and transportation are available for qualifying schools on a first-come, first-served basis. When completing the ticket order form, please complete the financial assistance section. Schools must have a free and reduced lunch rate of 50% or greater to qualify.



Behind the Scenes of a SLSO Education Concert

Need Assistance?

For ticketing assistance, please call 314-534-1700 or email

For questions regarding the program or curriculum, please call 314-286-4407 or email

SLSO education programs are presented by:

Planning Your Visit

Check out our Planning Your Visit page to make your field trip to Powell Hall hassle-free.


Powell Hall tours are available after select concerts. Space is limited. Call the box office at 314-534-1700 for more information or to schedule your tour today. Recommended for students in grades 3 and up.

Accommodations and Accessibility Form

The SLSO is committed to meeting the needs of all of our patrons. If any member of your group requires special accommodations, please submit the Accommodations and Accessibility Form at least one week prior to your scheduled concert.