The St. Louis Symphony
Orchestra is committed to diversity among its musicians,
within its administrative staff and within the community it serves.
The St. Louis Symphony is an Equal
Opportunity Employer. It is our policy that an individual’s race,
color, religion, sex, disability, age or national origin are not and
will not be considered in any personnel or management decisions.
The St. Louis Symphony first hired an
African-American player in 1968.
The St. Louis Symphony was the first
major orchestra in the U.S. to have a woman in the principal trumpet
position in 1973.
Auditions at the St. Louis Symphony
are “blind”. This means that the audition judges sit behind
curtains and the candidates are not seen or presented by name.
Information for all open
St. Louis Symphony administrative staff positions are posted on our website (www.stlsymphony.org).
Open position announcements are also emailed to all staff and
orchestra members and referrals are encouraged.
advertisement of positions is needed, the St. Louis Symphony utilizes a variety of
sources including employment websites, local newspapers, local
universities and industry-specific websites or publications.
Consideration of how to best reach the candidates who will meet the
qualifications of each position is given when determining where
positions will be posted.
All candidates for open
positions are considered based upon their qualifications, employment
history and relevant experience.
The St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON® Program
The St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON® program, founded in 1993, now
comprises 38 partner churches in the African-American community in
metro St. Louis, including metro East. IN UNISON® events seek to
display the connections between gospel, jazz, and classical music,
making the music accessible to all. Orchestra musicians visit member
churches offering recitals, and worship service music, and church
school education events.
St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON® program church members are eligible for tuition
discounts or scholarships to area music camps, music scholarships
for students studying music in college, and other benefits.
An exciting outcome of this program has been the
St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON® Chorus. Created in 1994 to further
involve IN UNISON® Church members, the Chorus now comprises 120
members from throughout the community. The Chorus performs as part
of the Symphony’s annual Black History Month Celebration, as well as
in Gospel Christmas concerts, and community concerts in various
locations around St. Louis.
In September 2003 the St. Louis Symphony
launched a series of concerts each year for the entire St. Louis
community called “Stained Glass Concerts” which explore a dynamic
range of repertoire celebrating the community's culture. The
concerts take place in area churches and bring together IN UNISON®
church members from throughout the area with other community
Music Without Boundaries
Thanks to funding from the MetLife Foundation, the
Music Without Boundaries program uses the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON® program model to
establish partnerships with new citizens and their representatives
in developing ethnic communities. Events and performances are
designed with partnering organizations such as the International
Institute and the South City Bosnian Services Collaborative.
For a complete list of community concerts, please visit our
Community Events Listing page.
The St. Louis Symphony’s Community Partnership Program receives generous support from The Ford Foundation, Monsanto Fund, E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative, MetLife Foundation, The Wachovia Foundation, the Booksource, the Dana Brown Charitable Trust, Target, Macy’s, and AT&T Foundation.