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.

Congratulations to all 2021 Contest Winners!

Artwork for the 2020-2021 Paint to Music Contest was inspired by three movements from Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6, including “Scene by the Brook,” “Thunderstorm,” and “Shepherd’s Song: Glad and Grateful Feelings after the Storm.” Over 2,800 pieces of artwork were created for the contest this year, with 51 schools participating and nearly 200 winners chosen. Winning artwork will be featured in our Young People’s Concerts video The Music of Global Climate Change: Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony.  Special congratulations to overall TOP PRIZE winners featured below!:

Paul Robinson – 4th grade – St. Paul’s Episcopal School – BEST OF SHOW

“Scene by the Brook” Winners

“Thunderstorm” Winners

“Shepherd Song” Winners

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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