IN UNISON Academy participants singing and playing instruments on stage for the showcase performance


As part of the community-driven IN UNISON program, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s IN UNISON Academy provides scholarship and fellowship opportunities to young musicians pursuing a career in the music industry, as well as mentorship opportunities to budding musicians with SLSO and St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra members.

Contact Michelle Byrd, IN UNISON Programs Manager, at for more information on the programs or how to apply.

Members of the IN UNISON Academy

IN UNISON Scholars

In a deliberate and strategic effort to encourage diversity in the arts, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra provides up to six scholarships for young African American undergraduate students who are studying in a music-related field at a greater St. Louis area accredited college/university. In addition to scholarships, students are provided opportunities to receive mentoring with the SLSO staff and musicians, and participate in or attend select concert events.

IN UNISON Scholars are selected based on recommendation from the faculty and administration at area college/university, their high school music teacher upon entering the first collegiate year, or students who have an existing relationship with the SLSO. Selected students typically remain in the IU Scholarship program throughout their undergraduate career.

Chorus members standing and singing in church

IN UNISON Graduate Fellowships

In order to provide real-world experience that can be powered into employment in a music-related field, fellowship opportunities are provided to select IN UNISON Scholars who are near to graduation or have recently graduated from college/university. Students will receive a small stipend to help cover expenses, and are selected based on leadership skills with SLSO and positive academic standing.

IN UNISON Scholars standing and smiling in group photo outdoors

IN UNISON Young Artists Awards

The IN UNISON Young Artists Awards provide singers 30 years of age and under the opportunity to sing with the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus on the stage at Powell Hall and in other venues in the St. Louis community. These paid positions are reserved for a limited numbers of singers with strong experience as soloists with large ensembles. IN UNISON Young Artist will provide musical leadership in the Chorus. In return, will be given opportunities to solo, meet internationally acclaimed artists, and perform with the world-renowned St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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Chorus members singing on stage

IN UNISON Chorus Delores Greathouse Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Delores Greathouse, former IN UNISON Chorus Manager and St. Louis Public School music educator. Awarded annual in spring, it provides scholarships of $500 to $1000 for African American students, regardless of their major, to support their education at accredited colleges or universities. Applicants must demonstrate participation in a music ensemble, with preference given to members of IN UNISON Program churches. 

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