SLSO musicians talking to students from stage

College Connections

College Connections serves as a bridge between music students who may have limited opportunities to visit colleges during their formative years and colleges who are aware that students involved with school music programs are among the most likely to perform well academically and go on to college. Using SLSO chamber concerts on campus as a catalyst for exploratory field trips, students from selected school music programs* experience a comprehensive college visit including an overview and tour of the college, complimentary lunch, and a free SLSO chamber concert followed by Q&A.

Field trips are designed to help students develop confidence that college can be for them and inspire them to remain involved with their school music program as part of their pathway to college and beyond.

College Connections is by invitation only. To inquire, please call 314-286-4434 or email
*50% or more of the school population qualifies for free/reduced lunch. Priority is given to schools serving a majority non-white student population.

Partner Colleges and Universities

  • Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College
  • Harris-Stowe State University
  • Logan University
  • Maryville University
  • McKendree University
  • Southwest Illinois College
  • St. Louis College of Health Sciences
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Webster University

Read more about College Connections

Young students standing and holding recorders in auditorium as part of Link Up program

Planning Your Field Trip

We want to make your Education Concert experience hassle-free. Find more information that will give an overview of your field trip to the SLSO.

SLSO education programs are sponsored by:

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World Wide Technology