Symphony in Color


Symphony in Color art contest

“Symphony in Color shows the immense creativity that young people are capable of expressing when engaged in music and art. My wife, Joanna, and I strongly believe that that opportunities like this are incredibly important, and we can’t wait to be inspired by what the children will create this year!”

 – ISO Music director Krzysztof UrbaŃski

Symphony in Color is an annual enrichment program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association which offers a unique blending of symphonic music and visual arts. Involving more than 30,000 Indiana school children in grades 1-6, Symphony in Color culminates in a juried exhibition at the Hilbert Circle Theatre and the Indiana State Museum.



Important Dates for 2018-19 Season:

Deadline for submitting artwork - Friday, February 1
Contest week and judging - February 4 - 8
Winning School & Parent Notification - February 18
Gold Ribbon Winners Exhibition at the Hilbert Circle Theatre -  February 21 - March 24
Awards Tea for Gold Ribbon Winners - March 10
Exhibition of 100 finalists at the Indiana State Museum -  March 30 - May 5

Musical Selections:

STRAUSS | Also Sprach Zarathustra: Fanfare
HOLST | The Planets: Jupiter
BECKEL | From Earth to the Moon and Beyond
MENDELSSOHN | A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo
WILLIAMS | Star Wars: Main Title



contest Information:

Five classical works are chosen from the current ISO concert season. While listening to the repertoire, students create their own works of art, inspired by the music they hear. One hundred finalists and 36 blue ribbon winners are selected from the thousands of pieces of art entered. One entry receives the Renato Pacini Award and is displayed in the Hilbert Circle Theatre for an entire year. A Maestro Award is given to the teacher with the most finalists. Also, a People's Choice Award is chosen from among the blue ribbon winners by the ISOA and Symphony members during a People's Choice Luncheon. 



For information, contact the ISO Association at 317.262.4068.

Title Sponsor:

Supported by: 
Elba L. & Gene Portteus Branigin Foundation Inc.


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