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The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra strives for artistic excellence, educational impact and community connection, while meeting its mission statement: enriching people’s lives through the power of music.


  • Excellence in all we do, driven by our artistic vision 
  • Pride in our orchestral identity
  • Service to our community, with education and learning at our core
  • Responsible stewards of resources
  • Collaborative culture of respect, equity, diversity, inclusion, and access 

Guiding Principles

  • Excellence and uniqueness of the artistic experience
  • Enduring artistic and financial strength
  • Meaningful commitment to and from the community


  • Lead with clarity, discipline, and openness to change
  • Nurture an inclusive culture that welcomes diversity, professional development, and collaboration
  • Cultivate an engaged and joyful environment across all teams through listening, honesty, trust, generosity, open-mindedness, empathy, and forgiveness
  • Shared focus on audience development to create access to music for all

Brand Promise

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s story is woven into America’s artistic and cultural fabric. For more than 140 years, the SLSO has played the musical soundtrack for milestones in the St. Louis region’s history and evolution. It has been a constant source of joy, inspiration, celebration, reflection, comfort, and healing for its audiences. Like the community it serves, the SLSO is continually evolving, finding new ways to connect, engage, create, teach, learn, entertain, and shape the orchestral artform in new ways, so that all are welcome to experience the uniquely transformative power of music.

Strategic Plan

2022-2025 Strategic Plan Framework

2016-2021 Strategic Plan Accomplishments