On Friday, March 6, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and St. Louis 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.
- 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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis 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.