Since its inception during the 2011/2012 season, SymphonyCares has allowed the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to live out its mission of enriching peoples’ lives through the power of music by providing free performances for those who may be unable to attend a concert at Powell Hall. SLSO musicians perform at various locations throughout Greater St. Louis including cancer centers and assisted living centers.

Working with our strategic partners – including Saint Louis University and Maryville University’s Music Therapy program, the SLSO has also been involved with many exciting and groundbreaking programs and research studies. The results of these studies indicate the positive impact of music on our physical and mental health including lower blood pressure, improved memory, reduced stress, and even a decrease the intensity of pain we feel.

Learn more about SymphonyCares in this SLSO Story:


Creative Music Making

Now in its 11th year, Creative Music Making is a unique partnership between the SLSO, St. Louis Arc, and Maryville University Music Therapy that empowers people with disabilities served by St. Louis Arc to conceive and perform their own concert. PBS produced a documentary about this powerful partnership.


Creative Music Making is supported by the Kuhn Foundation

Join Our Mission

Although SLSO Community and Education programs are free of charge to our partners and audiences, they are not free for us to produce. Join our mission today so that musicians from the SLSO can continue to make a difference - both on and off the stage of Powell Hall.

Thank you for your support!