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 2019-2020 Paint to Music Contest

Winning artwork to be projected at the Young People’s Concerts: Celebrating Women in Music on Feb. 18, 19, 25 & 26, 2020. Contest forms and rules available for download:

Our 2019-2020 Contest rules and forms are undergoing unexpected but necessary changes, which will be re-posted here soon and announced via email to all reservation holders for Celebrating Women in Music.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  

Deadline for contest entry: January 25, 2020

Please read all information carefully.

Congratulations to all 2019 Contest Winners!

Artwork for the 2019 Paint to Music Contest was inspired by three pieces from our First Viennese School Meets the American Revolution Young People’s Concert, including first movements Allegro con brio from Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, Allegro from Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik Serenade, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, “Eroica.” Over 5,000 pieces of artwork were created for the contest this year, with nearly 200 winners chosen, among them 45 First Prize Winners. Winning artwork was featured onscreen at the First Viennese School Young People’s Concerts on Feb., 6, 19, 20, 26, 27, and Mar. 27, 2019, and 41 First Prize Winners participated in a Lobby Showcase at the BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 Classics Concerts on Mar. 1 & 2, 2019.  Special congratulations to overall TOP PRIZE winners featured below:

Education Director’s Pick – Nina Eaglin – River City Believers Academy

Conductor’s Pick – Melani Moreno – Colonies North Elementary

Selection Best: I. Allegro con brio from Beethoven Symphony No. 3 – Lorena Owen – Colonies North Elementary

Selection Best: I. Allegro con brio from Mozart Symphony No. 25 – Zoey Maschek – Kallison Elementary

Belles’ Pick – Cynthia Tapia – Lamar Elementary – Del Rio, TX

Selection Best: I. Allegro con brio from Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik – Clara Peters – Peters Homeschool

BEST OF SHOW - MKKlarin Castillo - Perales 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.