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Picture the Music

Where will the music lead your students’ imaginations? Picture the Music invites students in grades K-6 to discover an orchestral work and respond with paintings or drawings that express creative thought and emotion. This season, students will explore "Juba Dance," the third movement of Florence Price's Symphony No. 1 in E minor.

How to Participate

Whether your back to school is virtual, blended, or in-person, you can give your students the opportunity to participate in Picture the Music with new online modifications for safe, easy access. This cross-curricular program draws thousands of participants each year and participation is free!

Download the Teacher's Guide. Wherever your classes are being held, explore the music and create artwork with your students. Then, submit student entries before the deadline.

The SLSO understands that due to COVID-19 the 2020-2021 school year will be different for each school, and circumstances may change throughout the year. The safety of teachers, students, and SLSO musicians and staff is our top priority. While we are currently planning for the Awards Ceremony to be an in-person event in April 2021, we know the uncertainty of the pandemic may not allow us to do so. Our intent is to move forward with the in-person event until more information is available closer to the event date. Teachers will be notified of any changes in early 2021.

Congratulations to our 2020 Picture the Music Winners!

Last season, 66 schools and more than 12,200 students participated. 407 submissions were received, and from this group 100 finalists representing 42 schools were selected. Awards for the top 100 finalists were presented at a ceremony on stage at Powell Hall on March 4.

Maestro Winners
Grades K-3:
 Sofia Jamal | 2nd Grade, Ridge Meadows Elementary School, Alien Rock
Grades 4-6: Madelyn Fries | 4th Grade, Emge Elementary School, Notes

2020 SLSO Picture the Music Maestro Winners Sofia Jamal and Madelyn Fries













Top 100 winners



Contact Us

Phone: 314-286-4189

Picture the Music is presented by the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association and sponsored by Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis.