(St. Louis) – Today, the St. Louis Symphony announced a new way to celebrate the life of Andrew “Drew” Thompson.  Drew was the Symphony’s contrabassoonist/bassoonist who died suddenly on October 15, 2013 at the age of 27.  In loving memory, the musicians of the STL Symphony have established the Drew Thompson Tribute Fund for the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Drew grew up in Webster Groves in a musical family, his mother is a high school band director and his four siblings are all involved in music.  Drew began playing bassoon at an early age, studying with local professional bassoonist Donita Bauer.  In high school, he was accepted into the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra (YO), where he played for four years; the last three as principal bassoon. Drew realized a lifelong dream when he became a member of the STL Symphony in 2012, joining six other YO alumni.

Gifts to the Drew Thompson Tribute Fund will support the YO, which has had a significant impact on the region’s best student musicians for the past 44 years.  The YO, led by Music Director Steven Jarvi, cultivates talented musicians aged 12-22 and is a springboard for students, like Drew, to careers in the orchestral field.

To make a gift to the Drew Thompson Tribute Fund for the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra:

  • Call 314-286-4184 and mention the Drew Thompson Tribute Fund
  • Mail your check (payable to STL Symphony, note Drew Thompson Tribute Fund) to:

Attn: Tribute Gifts

718 North Grand Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63103

  • Give online at and enter Drew Thompson Tribute Fund in the “Comments” field when you make your gift


*Founded in 1880 and now in its 134th season, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director, the second American-born conductor to hold that post in the Orchestra’s history.  The St. Louis Symphony strives for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection while meeting its mission statement:  enriching people’s live through the power of music. The Symphony presents a full season of classical programs and Live at Powell Hall concerts, as well as hundreds of free education and community programs each year. In May 2009, the Symphony implemented an encompassing strategic plan that includes a 10-year vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, expanding audience and revenue growth across all key operating areas.