SLSO trombonists play on stage in front of patrons in senior center


Since its inception during the 2011/2012 season, SymphonyCares has allowed the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to live out its mission of enriching peoples’ lives through the power of music by providing free performances for those who may be unable to attend a concert at Powell Hall. SLSO musicians perform at various locations throughout Greater St. Louis including cancer centers and assisted living centers.

A Glimpse into SymphonyCares

Working with our strategic partners – including Saint Louis University and Maryville University’s Music Therapy program, the SLSO has also been involved with many exciting and groundbreaking programs and research studies. The results of these studies indicate the positive impact of music on our physical and mental health including: lower blood pressure, improved memory, reduced stress, and even a decrease in the intensity of pain we feel.

SLSO Musician Jonathan Reycraft plays trombone next to clapping woman

Creative Music Making

Now in its 14th year, Creative Music Making is a unique partnership between the SLSO, St. Louis Arc, and Maryville University Music Therapy that empowers people with disabilities served by St. Louis Arc to conceive and perform their own concert. PBS produced a documentary about this powerful partnership.

Creative Music Making is supported by:

The Kuhn Foundation