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The Legacy of Women with Your SLSO

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is grateful to the women who work tirelessly throughout our 140+ years to advance the orchestra, both on stage and in the community. Get to know a few of the countless women who have made their mark on the SLSO.



Quick Start


Living Legacies - In this story—originally created in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment—get to know the SLSO's history through the words of some key women who have influenced its path.


Lunch & Learn: Women of the SLSO - Join SLSO musicians and leadership for an inside perspective on the crucial role women have played in the orchestra.



Listen In


Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 5, by Joan Tower - Music Director Stéphane Denève and the trombones of the orchestra perform former Composer-in-Residence Joan Tower's fifth work in a series dedicated to uncommon women.


Dam Mwen Yo, by Nathalie Joachim - Cellist Elizabeth Chung performs Nathalie Joachim's take on the songs of Haitian women, one of "strength, beauty, pain, and simplicity."


Until We Gather Again, by Alice Chance - Members of the IN UNISON and Symphony Choruses join together to perform Alice Chance's work alongside the composer's animated illustrations.


One-on-One


Marie-Hélène Bernard - In this 2015 article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the SLSO's President and CEO shares her vision for the orchestra.


Stephanie Childress - Get to know the SLSO's Assistant Conductor and Music Director of the Youth Orchestra in this interview, and don't miss her welcoming Lunch & Learn and striking interview with the French Institute UK.


Susan Slaughter - The legendary trumpeter traces her career in this 2010 Playbill article.


Nadia Maddex - This IN UNISON scholar shares her experience with the IN UNISON program and how it's moved her to pursue music education.


Diana West - A self-described "local girl" knows that music is her purpose and is thriving in the IN UNISON program.


Gemma New - Previous Resident Conductor Gemma New remembers how her experience with the SLSO was "love at first sight."


Vivian Fox and Michelle Byrd - These members of the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus talk about sisterhood and finding community at Powell Hall.


Kay Drey - This activist with an eye for education programs takes pride in the SLSO.



In Memoriam


Sarah Bryan Miller - The SLSO family celebrates the life of Sarah Bryan Miller, a one-of-a-kind critic who motivated the orchestra to keep improving. Read more about her hopes for the orchestra here.


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