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In a deliberate and strategic effort to encourage diversity in the arts, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra provides up to six scholarships for young African American undergraduate students who are studying in a music-related field at University of Missouri – St. Louis. In addition to scholarships, students are provided opportunities to receive mentoring with the SLSO staff and musicians, and participate in or attend select concert events.

IN UNISON Scholars are selected based on recommendation from the faculty and administration at UMSL, their high music teacher upon entering the first collegiate year, or students who have an existing relationship with the SLSO. Selected students typically remain in the IU Scholarship program throughout their undergraduate career.

SLSO IN UNISON Graduate Fellowships

In order to provide real-world experience that can be powered into employment in a music-related field, fellowship opportunities are provided to select IN UNISON Scholars who are near to graduation or have recently graduated from UMSL. Students will receive a small stipend to help cover expenses, and are selected based on leadership skills with SLSO and positive academic standing at UMSL. 

Click here to view our  IN UNISON Academy Scholars and Fellow for the 2018-2019 season. 

To learn more or for information on how to apply, contact Michelle Byrd at

SLSO IN UNISON Young Artist Awards 

The IN UNISON Young Artists Awards provide singers 30 years of age and under the opportunity to sing with the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus on the stage at Powell Hall and in other venues in the St. Louis community. These paid positions are reserved for a limited numbers of singers with strong experience as soloists with large ensembles. IN UNISON Young Artist will provide musical leadership in the Chorus. In return, will be given opportunities to solo, meet internationally acclaimed artists, and perform with the world-renown St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. 

Contact the manager if you have questions about the audition process.

Mentoring the Music: Peer to Peer

SLSO IN UNISON and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra teamed up in 2015 to introduce Mentoring the Music: Peer to Peer. This program pairs musicians from the SLSYO with African-American students who are part of their school music program but seek music development opportunites beyond their classroom.

Peer to Peer mentees are selected for the program as middle school students based on school music teacher recommendation. Selected students who play a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) are required to also participate in Gateway Music Outreach, a partner string education program.

Students are invited to remain in Mentoring the Music: Peer to Peer until they graduate from high school. They meet with their YO mentor on a regular basis on the UMSL campus and each pair receives regular coaching from musicians of the SLSO.

Peer to Peer duos attend SLSO concerts together at least twice each semester, compliments of the SLSO. Additionally, duos perform with SLSO musicians and the IN UNISON Chorus on the annual free IN UNISON Chorus Community Concert held each spring. 

Space in this program is limited. Placement becomes available as current Peer to Peer mentees graduate from high school or elect to leave the program. 

Students and their families who are interested in being a part of Peer to Peer may register their interest here.

IN UNISON is presented by:
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