Symphony in Your School, Elementary

Are you planning a field trip to a St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Education Concert in the 2018-2019 school year? Augment student learning by hosting an SLSO musician in your classroom through our SIYS, Elementary partnership!*

In addition, one lucky partner teacher will receive a scholarship to complete their Orff Schulwerk Level 1 Certification at the University of Missouri - St. Louis June 2018, compliments of Studio 49 and Music is Elementary.

*Space is limited and we cannot guarantee your desired program will be available.

Applications for the 2018/2019 school year are now closed. They will reopen in January 2019 for the 2019/2020 school year. 

Partnership Requirements

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, April 27 for the 2018-2019 school year.

The SIYS partnership requires a full commitment on the part of the teacher(s) in terms of time, communication, and student preparation. All SLSO musician visits are provided free of charge to schools. In return, the participating classrooms are strongly encouraged to attend an Education Concert at Powell Hall during the academic school year in which the visit takes place.


  • All participating students must be in grades 1-5.
  • Please, no more than 30 students per program. Keeping groups smaller allows the children to interact with the musicians.
  • Participating schools must be within a 30-mile radius or no farther than 40 minutes from Powell Hall.
  • Participating classrooms must be able to be combined or meet back-to-back (within a two-hour window) on the day SLSO musicians visit.
  • All musician visits will be scheduled on Mondays and occasionally Tuesdays if necessary and feasible.
  • If your school schedule is not set in place by the application submission deadline, it may be necessary to switch your schedule to ensure the symphony is servicing the correct group of students.

The teacher will be the main contact for communication with SLSO staff for scheduling, directions and logistical information. The teacher must be easily accessible by e-mail and cell phone. The teacher is strongly encouraged to schedule and arrange for tickets and transportation for an Education Concert field trip. The teacher is responsible for reminding the school of the upcoming musician visit as well as ensuring they are ready for their musician visits during their designated time. It is expected that musician visits are not cancelled except in the case of an emergency.

Jessica Ingraham
Director of Education

Orff Schulwerk Level I Certification Scholarship Now Available!

We are excited to announce a new partnership with STUDIO 49 Orff Instruments and Music is Elementary! Compliments of STUDIO 49 Orff Instruments, one Symphony in Your School, Elementary partner teacher will receive a scholarship to attend the Orff Schulwerk Level I Certification Workshop at the University of Missouri - St. Louis this summer (June 2018). In addition, Music is Elementary will donate all required class materials for the scholarship recipient. When music teachers apply for Symphony in Your School, Elementary they will have the option to apply for the scholarship as well. 

Available SLSO Musician Programs

Mole Music
Grades: 1-2
Musician: Eva Kozma (violin)

The Lion & The Mouse
Grades 1-2
Musicians: Jessica Cheng (violin) & David DeRiso (bass)

The Remarkable Farkle McBride
Grades: 1-5
Musicians: David DeRiso (bass) & Chris Tantillo (viola)

The Low End of Sound
Grades 3-5
Musicians: Alvin McCall (cello) & Donald Martin (bass)

Grades: 1-5
Musician: Thomas Jöstlein (French Horn)

Brass Instruments
Grades: 3-5
Musicians: Jonathan Reycraft (trombone) & Michael Walk (trumpet)

Tone Color
Grades 1-5
Musicians: Philip Ross (oboe), Cally Banham (English horn), & Andrew Gott (bassoon)

The Tortoise and the Hare
Grades 1-3
Musicians: Sarah Hogan Kaiser (bass) & Jennifer Nitchman (flute)