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Ladue Fifth Grade Center Students Win St. Louis Symphony Orchestra 30th Annual Student Art Contest

SLSO Volunteer Association announce winners of the 30th annual student art contest

On Friday, March 6, the StLouis Symphony Orchestra and StLouis Symphony (SLSO) Volunteer Association announced the winners of the 30th annual Picture the Music competition. Kindergarten through sixth-grade students across the bi-state area listen to a piece of orchestral music and interpret the piece through art. Awards for the top 100 finalists were presented at a ceremony on stage at Powell Hall on March 4.

Of the over 400 entries to the top 100 finalists, four of them were students from Ladue School District’s Fifth Grade Center (FGC) who won various awards in the contest. FGC winners were:
  • Alexandra Armstrong, Thoughts of Music
  • Daniel Liu, Phantom Mask, Special Recognition
  • Josie Stout, The Colorful Waltz, Special Recognition
  • Maddy Wolken, The Music of Khachaturian, Special Recognition

Overall, seven students received the StLouis Symphony Award, 25 students who received the Blue Ribbon Award, 66 students received Special Recognition, and two young artists received the coveted Maestro Award. To see a complete list of the top 100 winners, visit slso.org/picture.

A panel of seven judges, with backgrounds in art and music, reviewed more than 400 entries through a blind process. The contest winners’ artworks will be displayed during the Picture the Music traveling exhibit, at the following locations:

Through March 15                Plaza Frontenac

March 16-29                           The Magic House

March 30 – April 5                 StLouis Public Library – Schlafly Branch

April 6-19                                 St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre

Picture the Music, presented by the Employees Community Fund of Boeing, is a free, cross-curricular art competition for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Contest participants attend public, private, parochial, and homeschools across Missouri and Illinois organized by the Symphony Volunteer Association. This year, 12,200 students from 66 schools discovered Khachaturian’s Waltz from Masquerade Suite and submitted 407 paintings and drawings that expressed the thoughts and emotions the music evoked for them.