Middle & High Schools

The SLSO offers a variety of musical experiences for middle and high school students from concerts and tours at historic Powell Hall to in-school visits and the annual music interpretation context, Express the Music.


Friday Morning Classical Concerts

Students Enjoying a ConcertShare the power of live orchestral music performed by one of America’s top orchestras and show your students what’s possible! These two-hour “Coffee Concerts” begin at 10:30am, with free coffee and doughnuts available before the concert.

Subsidized tickets and transportation assistance are available for qualifying schools.

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Symphony In Your School, Secondary

SIYS Secondary In-School Musician VisitThis free residency program for middle and high school bands and orchestras provides students the opportunity to interact with and learn from the world-class musicians of the SLSO. Ensembles selected to participate in SIYS, Secondary will receive visits from SLSO musicians tailored to their group’s specific needs.

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Express the Music

Express the Music Awards DayThis free cross-curricular writing competition invites students in grades 6-12 to discover a musical selection and respond with poetry or prose inspired by their creative understanding of the music.

Presented by the Symphony Volunteer Association
Sponsored by Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis

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Inside the Musician's Studio

Inside the Musician's StudioLearn from the musicians of the SLSO through a series of live flipped classroom experiences for middle and high school instrumental and vocal music students.

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SLSO College Connections

SLSO College ConnectionsIn collaboration with Symphony In Your College chamber concerts, students from selected middle and high schools experience a comprehensive college visit. These field trips include an overview and tour of the college, complimentary lunch, and a free SLSO chamber concert.

Sponsored by Express Scripts

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St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra

Youth Orchestra TrumpetsThis year marks the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra! Nearly 100 young musicians between the ages of 12-22 make up the YO and represent over 40 schools from throughout the bi-state region. The YO performs three concerts at Powell Hall each season. 

Presented by Ameren and Kathleen Clucas
Supported by the G.A., Jr. and Kathryn M. Buder Charitable Foundation and the ESCO Technologies Foundation

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SLSO IN UNISON Scholarship Program

IN UNISON ScholarsThe SLSO offers scholarships, mentorship, and performance opportunities for African-American students pursuing a degree in music or a music-related field at a college or university in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

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Mentoring the Music: Peer to Peer

Peer to PeerMusicians of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra are paired with young talented African-American musicians for mentoring and training that goes beyond the concert hall stage. The program connects entire families through the enjoyment of orchestral music and develops a culture of mentorship in our next generation of artists and audiences.

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Tour Powell Hall

Powell HallBring you students to Powell Hall and share the breathtaking beauty of one of the finest concert halls in America! Tours are conducted by members of the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association.

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Additional Resources

Check out more resources for teachers across all grade levels, including lessons plans, concert experiences, and more.

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At-Home Resources

Check out more resources and activities for at-home learning for your students and their families.

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