Symphony of Color


The Symphony of Color Art Contest, presented in tandem by the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville, and in cooperation with the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, invites students in grades PreK-5 to create art inspired by great works of music. The contest is designed to further students' interest in classical music, challenge their creative abilities and enhance their concept of music as a universal language. Symphony of Color also addresses many important National and Indiana Standards in Arts Education that relate to understanding the relationship between music and the other arts.

The 2022 Symphony of Color Contest will be held virtually. This means we are not accepting physical submissions and there will be no in-person exhibition. Instead, teachers will submit their students' artwork as jpeg image files with the identification of the student and grade in the file name.


• Monday, March 7th, 2022 - Deadline for submitting artwork online
• March 8th - 10th, 2022 - Judging and posting of artwork online
• March 11th - Winner's Notification
• March 16th - 18th - Selected artwork displayed during Young People's Concert
• March 19th, 2022 - Awards presentation at Maestro at the Movies Pops Concert


  • John Williams - The Flying Theme from E.T.


After listening to the selections, have each student interpret the music into a two dimensional art form and then write a short essay about their interpretation or dictate one to an adult as age appropriate.

NEW RULES THIS YEAR – There is no longer a cap on the number of submissions from each grade per school. Please feel free to submit as many entries per grade (1 - 5) as you see fit to represent your school as entrants in the contest. PreK and Kindergarten entries may be submitted for exhibition only. Only those pictures you select as entrants will be entered into the contest. Non-school (individual) entries are limited to one entry per artist.

Entries: All entries must be original work of an individual student.

Media: Any two dimensional arts media, including paint, crayon, pencil, marker, pastels, or collage is acceptable. No chalk, please.

Size & Mounting: Finished artwork must be no larger than 24” x 36”. No lamination. Artwork must be mounted on white, lightweight poster board. Identification of Artwork: Please identify the artwork in the files you submit in the following format for file names: Last name, First name – Grade # Example: Onderdonk, Brian – Grade 4

Judging: The finalists’ art will be judged by representatives of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, and the Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville.

Prizes: One winner will be chosen from each grade level (1-5). Four of these winners will receive a $50 cash prize. One winner will receive a Grand Prize of $100 cash. In addition to the grade level awards, three special award recipients will be selected. All winners will receive 2 tickets or a livestream link to the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s Pop’s concert, “Fairytale Fantasia”, on March 20, 2021. Prizes will be awarded on stage during the concert – this presentation will have to conform to Indiana Health Guidelines: specific information regarding the procedure will follow soon.

For more information, please contact the Director of Education, Chaz Ritenour, at 812-425-5050 ext. 316 or via email at

Grand Prize - Senna Chevalier, Farmersville Elementary (5th grade)

cMoe Award  - Arianna Pettit, Yankeetown Elementary (5th grade)

Conductor’s Award  - Mackenzie Godshall, Sharon Elementary (5th grade)

Museum Director’s Award - Ava Bitter, St. Wendel (2nd grade)

1st Grade Winner - Veronica Wooton, St. Benedict

2nd Grade Winner  - Luna Meeks, Sharon Elementary

3rd Grade Winner - Ella Rynard, Sharon Elementary

4th Grade Winner  - Holly Werner, St. Philip

5th Grade Winner and Grand Prize Winner  - Senna Chevalier, Farmersville Elementary