SLSO in the Community

SLSO musicians play an integral role in Greater St. Louis through free community concerts and education programs.

SLSO musicians play string instruments in front of audience in a church

IN UNISON Church Program

For more than 30 years, the SLSO has sponsored the IN UNISON church program, a beautiful partnership with 33 predominantly African-American churches throughout the greater St. Louis area.

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Members of the IN UNISON Academy


By providing scholarships and fellowship opportunities to young musicians of color pursuing a career in the music industry, IN UNISON Academy gives budding musicians the chance to flourish with SLSO and St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra members.

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SLSO Musician Jonathan Reycraft plays trombone next to clapping woman


For over a decade, SLSO musicians have performed for patrons who are unable to travel by providing free concerts at various locations throughout Greater St. Louis such as cancer centers, assisted living centers, and more.

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Musician plays the Chinese instrument, the erhu

Music Without Boundaries

Since 2005, the SLSO has welcomed immigrant and refugee populations to St. Louis through Music Without Boundaries. By providing diverse cultural resources and outreach, the program fosters a greater understanding of and deeper welcome to the diverse St. Louis region.

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SLSO musician Hannah Ji laughing with YO musician and Peer to Peer mentee

Peer to Peer

Middle and high school Black and Latinx music students from Gateway Music Outreach are paired with musicians from the SLSO and the YO for development opportunities. 

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SLSO musicians talking to students from stage

College Connections

Take your students on a comprehensive college visit that includes an overview of our community music programs, an overview and tour of one of our partner colleges, lunch, and a free SLSO chamber concert.

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Free Community Concerts

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra offers dozens of performances throughout the St. Louis area in schools, houses of worship, healthcare facilities, and in public spaces.

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Although SLSO community music programs are free of charge to our partners and audiences, they require a network of support from volunteers and donors. Support our mission today.