ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The St. Louis Symphony announced it has received $158,000 from the Monsanto Fund to support the IN UNISON® program and continue and strengthen the program’s mission.
The IN UNISON program is designed to provide music-related resources to predominantly African-American churches in the region while increasing community access to Powell Hall.
“The St. Louis Symphony’s IN UNISON program, part of the Symphony’s broad-based and eclectic Community Partnership activities, is absolutely central to the orchestra’s mission ‘to enrich people’s lives through the power of music,’” said Fred Bronstein, President and CEO of the St. Louis Symphony. “Monsanto Fund’s long-standing and committed support of this initiative has not only made it possible for the program to thrive, but speaks volumes about Monsanto Fund’s commitment to the role of the arts in people’s daily lives across our region.”
Deborah Patterson, president of Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, said the fund is proud to support the program and the other ways the symphony enriches the community.
“The IN UNISON program enhances lives through music, and allows diverse audiences throughout St. Louis to experience the St. Louis Symphony within their own communities,” said Patterson. “We are pleased to be able to fund this program that will further the community’s access to the arts.”
To celebrate the holiday season, the IN UNISON Chorus will be performing on Thursday, Dec. 8 in A Gospel Christmas at Powell Hall. Chorus Director Kevin McBeth will be at the podium and soloist Larnelle Harris will join the In UNISON Chorus for a joyful evening of gospel music and holiday favorites.
The IN UNISON program began in 1992 with five churches, and today reaches more than 20,000 people in more than 40 churches in St. Louis. Through the program, St. Louis Symphony musicians visit churches and provide music for services and other events. IN UNISON church members are eligible for discounts at Powell Hall and annually, IN UNISON provides six music scholarships for minority students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in music or music education, as well as financial assistance to church youth so they may attend summer music camps and/or receive year-long music instruction.
The IN UNISON Chorus was founded in 1994 and is comprised of IN UNISON church members and others in the community.