Middle & High Schools


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Friday Morning Classical Concerts

Share 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. Teacher’s Guides are available for the Education Team's Top Picks!

Subsidized tickets and transportation assistance are available for qualifying schools.



Holiday Festival Chorus

Holiday Festival Chorus

Give your choir students an unforgettable musical experience! Perform on stage at Powell Hall with the SLSO in the Holiday Festival Chorus. Students will experience firsthand the commitment and hard work required to perform at a professional level. This collaborative performance experience for high school choir students is not to be missed! 



Music Without Boundaries In-School CollaborationGerry Pagano at FZNMSShawn Weil at Jennings Middle School

Symphony In Your School, Secondary

This 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.

Applications for the 2020/2021 school year are open now!



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Express the Music

This 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. Sponsored by the Symphony Volunteer Association.



SLSO College Connections

In 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 one-hour SLSO chamber concert.



St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra

This 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 SLSYO and represent over 40 schools from throughout the bi-state region. Under the direction of Resident Conductor, Gemma New, the SLSYO performs three concerts at Powell Hall each season. Encourage your students to join us for a concert and apply to be part of the fun!

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SLSO IN UNISON Scholarship Program

The SLSO offers scholarships, mentorship, and performance opportunities for African-American students pursuing a degree in music or a music-related field at the University of Missouri—St. Louis.

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Mentoring the Music: Peer to Peer

Musicians 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

Bring 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.