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 (updated 10/24/19):

2019-2020 Paint to Music Guidelines REV
2019-2020 Music Selection information
2019-2020 Contest Entry Form REV
2019-2020 Parental Release Form (English)
2019-2020 Parental Release Form (Spanish)
2019-2020 Template for Artwork Labels REV
2019-2020 YPC 3 Concert Playlist (Youtube)

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:

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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