Paint to Music Contest OLD

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.

Please check back soon for information about the 2020-2021 Paint to Music Contest.

“Symphony from Afar” Paint to Music Contest Winners

In April 2020, we invited students PreK-6th grade anywhere in the world to participate in our Symphony League’s first “Symphony from Afar!” Paint to Music Contest. Students were asked to listen to Saint-Saën’s Carnival of the Animals and then create a work of art at home inspired by one of the movements.  Over 240 students participated, including from five U.S. states and as far away as Israel.  Judges included individuals from the San Antonio Symphony League, the McNay Art Museum, and Noam Aviel, our Associate Conductor. Awards were issued by Carnival movement and also within the additional categories of “Whimsical-Musical,” “Digital Art,” and “Pre-K / Kindergarten.” Check out the wonderful winning pieces below! Click on the movement titles to hear the music for each movement:

Top Prizes

March of the Lions

Hens and Roosters

Wild Donkeys


The Elephant



Persons with Long Ears

Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods

The Aviary


The Swan


Honors for Whimsical-Musical Art Entries

Honors for Pre-K / Kinder Art Entries

Honors for Digital Art

Congratulations to all 2020 Contest Winners!

Artwork for the 2020 Paint to Music Contest was inspired by three pieces from our Celebrating Women in Music Young People’s Concert, including the Overture No. 1 in E minor by Louise Dumont Farrenc, the “Finale:Presto” to Symphony No. 1 by Florence Smith Price, and Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Mestizo Waltz” from Three Latin American Dances.  Over 2,600 pieces of artwork were created for the contest this year, with over 150 winners chosen, among them 44 First Prize Winners. Winning artwork was featured onscreen at the Celebrating Women in Music Young People’s Concerts on Feb., 18, 19 25 & 26, 2020.  First Prize Winners are invited to participate in a Lobby Showcase “Meet and Greet” at the SPANISH SEDUCTIVE GUITAR Classics Concerts on Mar. 20, and at BEETHOVEN SEVEN on Apr. 4, 2020. Special congratulations to overall TOP PRIZE winners featured below:

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.

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