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Picture the Music

Showcase your students' imagination and creativity with Picture the Music (PTM), now in its 33rd year of celebrating student artwork from throughout the region. PTM, a free cross-curricular art competition, invites students in grades K-6 to discover an orchestral work and respond with paintings or drawings that express creative thought and emotion inspired by the music. This school year, students will explore "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity" from Gustav Holst's The Planets

How to Participate

Participation in this cross-curricular program is free and online submission allows for quick and easy entry. Guided by you, students listen to this year's musical selection and respond to its impact and structure through drawing, paintings, or colorings. Finalists are celebrated in an awards ceremony at Powell Hall and will have their artwork displayed in a traveling exhibit.

See the Teacher Guide below for specific details including how to prepare and submit student entries. The deadline for artwork submission was Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

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Congratulations to the 2022 Picture the Music Finalists!

Thank you to all the teachers who participated in PTM! During the 2021/2022 school year, more than 11,000 students from 58 schools explored the fourth movement of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and created paintings and drawings that expressed their own creative thought and emotions inspired by the music. 368 artwork submissions were received, and from this group 100 finalists representing 45 schools were selected. Here are your 2022 Picture the Music winners:

Maestro Awards Winners 
Grades K-3: Ezra Bogard | Grade 2, Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, The Dragon
Grades 4-6: Sarah Loscheider | Grade 4, St. Francis of Assisi, Synesthesia

To see a complete list of the top 100 finalists, click here.

Or view the finalists' artwork in the online gallery below.


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

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