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Five Elementary Students Honored at "Picture the Music" Awards in St. Louis

Five Elementary Students Honored at "Picture the Music" Awards in St. Louis

Five Willard elementary students were recognized for their outstanding artwork on Monday night, February 25th, at Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis, Missouri during the Symphony’s 29th year of the “Picture The Music” awards ceremony.

Graciella Ray, Second Grade; Ximena Cruz, Third Grade; and Kallie Reiber, Fourth Grade are all students at Willard Orchard Hills Elementary School.  Ashlyn Fish, First Grade and Lauren Becknell, Second Grade both attend Willard North Elementary. Each of the five students were recognized individually on stage at Powell Hall as they accepted Special Recognition awards for their artistic interpretation of the music, “Ritual Fire Dance” composed by the late Spanish composer, Manuel de Falla.

The St. Louis Symphony Volunteer association reported 12,453 students from 70 schools participated in the 2019 Picture the Music competition from public, private, parochial, and homeschooled students throughout Missouri and Illinois.  From these, over 436 entries were submitted as each school was limited to 7 entries. From this selection 100 finalists were chosen by a panel of distinguished judges. Willard Public Schools is honored to have five students among the 100 finalists! A total of 66 students received the Special Recognition Award while 25 students were awarded a Blue Ribbon for their outstanding artwork.   Ximena Cruz received the Blue Ribbon Award and Graciella Ray, Kallie Reiber, Ashlyn Fish, and Lauren Becknell received the Special Recognition works.

Winning artworks were on display at the Picture the Music Award Ceremony at Powell Hall on Monday, February 25th  and will travel to other venues throughout St. Louis until the mid-April.

Mrs. Karen Barrett, art educator at both Orchard Hills and Willard North engaged K-4 students in this year’s competition in collaboration with Mrs. Sharon Reed, music educator at Willard North and Willard East elementary schools. During art class students were encouraged to listen to the music and describe feelings and emotions verbally while identifying similarities between art and music elements and principles such as texture, pattern, color, rhythm and movement. Following discussion students created both realistic and abstract artwork reflecting their interpretation of the music using a variety of mediums.  Mrs. Reed introduced students to the composer and discussed his life, his culture, and his work. Willard Orchard Hills had over 350 artworks created and Willard North had approximately 100 individual works! Judges from Willard schools selected seven works from each school based on images/artwork originality most closely reflecting the mood and story of the music. Four of the five artists and their families travel to St. Louis to attend Monday night’s award ceremony.


View photos of the awards banquet and artwork here.