Paint to Music Contest

The Paint to Music Contest encourages children to explore the language of music and the role that classical music can play in enhancing creative expression through art.

Announcing the 2018-2019 Paint to Music Contest

Winning artwork to be projected at the Young People’s Concerts: First Viennese School meets the American Revolution on Feb. 6, 12, 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2019. Contest forms and rules available for download:
2018-2019 PTM Guidelines
2018-2019 Music Selection Information
2018-2019 Contest Entry Form
2018-2019 Parental Release Form (English)
2018-2019 Parental Release Form (Spanish)
2018-2019 Template for Artwork Labels (PDF)
2018-2019 Template for Artwork Labels (Word)
2018-2019 YPC 3 Concert Playlist (Spotify)
2018-2019 YPC 3 Concert Playlist (Youtube)
Deadline for contest entry: December 15, 2018

Please read all information carefully.

Congratulations to all 2018 Contest Winners!

Artwork for the 2018 Paint to Music Contest was inspired by three pieces from our Tricentennial San Antonio Young People’s Concert, including an excerpt from “Allegro molto” section the first movement of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” “Davy Crockett” from The Alamo Suite by Dimitri Tiomkin, and “Marching Mountains” from Men and Mountains by Carl Ruggles. Over 2,000 pieces of artwork were submitted from 90 schools and groups this year, with over 200 winners chosen, among them 74 First Prize Winners. Winning artwork was featured onscreen at the Tricentennial San Antonio Young People’s Concerts on Feb. 21, 27, 28 & Mar. 6, 2018, and up to 56 First Prize Winners will participate in a special Lobby Showcase at the VIVALDI: THE FOUR SEASONS Classics Concerts on Mar. 23, 24 & 25, 2018.  Special congratulations to overall TOP PRIZE winners featured below:

Belles’ Pick – Natalie Wickham – St. Paul’s Episcopal Montessori School

SASL President’s Pick – Clara Peters – Peters Homeschool

Selection Best: “Allegro molto” from Dvorak Symphony No. 9 – Jack Perkins – River City Believers Academy

Selection Best: “Marching Mountains” – Alexandra De Soto – Crockett Elementary

Director’s Pick – Greta Benshetler – St. Luke’s Episcopal School

Selection Best: “Davy Crockett” – Joseph Garza – Colonies North Elementary

BEST OF SHOW - Josiah Martinez - Kallison Elementary

History of the Contest:
The Paint to Music contest was created in 1973 as an enhancement to the San Antonio Symphony’s educational program now called the Young People’s Concert Series and is organized by the San Antonio Symphony League.

The Symphony League invites students Pre-K through grade 6 attending any of the concerts to create a work of art in the classroom setting while listening to thematic selections of music chosen by the Symphony to coordinate with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Requirements.