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Photos: SLSO, SVA Host 30th Annual Picture the Music

Updated: Mar 11, 2020

On March 5, Powell Hall transformed into an art gallery with works by 100 students. The 30th annual Picture the Music contest, presented by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Volunteer Association, celebrated the inextricable link between music and visual art.

Picture the Music is a free, cross-curricular art competition for students in kindergarten through sixth grade from public, private, parochial, and homeschools across Missouri and Illinois. 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. A panel of seven judges with backgrounds in art and music selected the top 100 finalists in a blind review process.

On March 5, 100 finalists and their loved ones visited Powell Hall for an award ceremony.

Photos by Pam Belloli

Two young artists received the coveted Maestro Award, given to the top pieces of art in two age divisions—kindergarten through 3rd grade, and 4th through 6th grade. Sofia Jamal, a 2nd grader at Ridge Meadows Elementary School in Ellisville, Mo., and Madelyn Fries, a 4th grader at Emge Elementary School in O’Fallon, Mo., received the Maestro Awards.


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