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SLSO College Connections serves as a bridge between music students who may have limited opportunities to visit colleges during their formative years and colleges who are very aware that students involved with school music programs are among the most likely to perform well academically and go on to college. Using SLSO chamber concerts on campus as a catalyst for exploratory field trips, students from selected school music programs experience a comprehensive college visit including an overview and tour of the college, complimentary lunch, and a free one-hour SLSO chamber concert. Field trips are designed to help students develop confidence that college can be for them, and inspire these students to remain involved with their school music program as part of their pathway to college and beyond. 

Partner colleges and universities include:

  • Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College
  • Harris-Stowe State University
  • McKendree University
  • Southwest Illinois College
  • St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis

SLSO College Connections partner school music programs must meet specified eligibility criteria. Interested middle and high school band and orchestra programs are invited to register interest through this link:

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST