Express the Music

Express the Music is a free, cross-curricular competition that authentically integrates creative writing into the English language arts and fine arts curriculums. Celebrating over 20 years in existence, Express the Music invites students grades 6-12 to discover a new orchestral work and respond with prose or poetry inspired by the music. This school year's music selection will be Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. 

How to Participate

All instructions are outlined in the Teacher's Guide. Due to inclement weather the entry postmark deadline has been extended to January 21, 2020. 

Last season's winners: 


Click on the each winner's name to view their entry.

Prose (Junior Division):

First place: Olivia Gentilini, 8th grade, LaSalle Springs Middle School

Second place: Melanie Migneco, 6th grade, Truman Middle School

Third place: Ava Brouster, 8th grade, Villa Duchesne


Prose (Senior Division):

First place: Mary Therese Capps, junior, Villa Duchesne

Second place: Rachel Ruddy, junior, Villa Duchesne

Third place: Mahtab Chaudry, senior, Parkway South High School


Poetry (Junior Division):

First place: Andrew Nehre, 6th grade, Gateway Science Academy Middle School

Second place: Alexandre Snyder, 8th grade, Wydown Middle School              

Third place: Lilian Work, 8th grade, St. Mary Magdalen


Poetry (Senior Division):

First place: Addison Gherardini, senior, Nerinx Hall

Second place: Rachel Solverud, junior, Nerinx Hall

Third place: Emma Just, senior, Francis Howell High School

Contact Us

Phone: 314-286-4190

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