In its 69th year, Symphony in Color has reached thousands of Indiana students through this unique art contest. 

Administered by volunteers from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association, students in grades one through six were asked to listen to selected symphonic music then create their own visual interpretations of what they heard. 

Prior to the virtual exhibition hosted by the Indiana State Museum, the 36 artworks that were awarded gold ribbons were on display in the Oval Promenade Gallery of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.


Congratulations to all of this year’s contestants!

Raegan Jones, a sixth grader from Wabash Middle School, earned this year’s Renato Pacini Award as the creator of the overall winning artwork. Her artwork was inspired by the “Main Theme” from Alan Silvestri’s Back to the Future.

Lilyana Aguilar, a third grader from St. Paul Catholic School in Marion, won the People’s Choice Award by the voting public at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association’s annual event. She created her artwork to “Infernal Dance” from The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky.

Smith Fine Arts Academy in Martinsville received the Maestro Award for having the most finalists. Teacher Julie Botkin had six finalists with three students receiving gold ribbons.






View our virtual gallery of art by selecting a grade and clicking through to see each piece. Enhance your viewing experience by playing the music selections that inspired the children's artwork. 


This music was performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. 

John Williams

“Main Title” from Jurassic Park


Alan Silvestri

“Main Theme” from Back to the Future


Igor Stravinsky

“Infernal Dance” from The Firebird


Johann Sebastian Bach/Leopold Stokowski

Passacaglia in C minor


Richard Strauss

Suite from Der Rosenkavelier




John Seest is an engineer and principal in the structural engineering firm of ARSEE Engineers. He is active in a number of visual and performing arts organizations, including The Portfolio Club in Indianapolis, International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Dans Norden (Scandinavian dance), Skandilocity (Scandinavian music), the American Guild of Organists, Echoing Air and the Central Indiana Folk Music Society. John hosts a variety of musical events in his Indianapolis home.

William Rasdell is an accomplished professional photographer with an emphasis on producing fine art and documentary images. For many years he worked as an editorial photographer and served clients such as American Airlines, McDonalds Corp., United Airlines, Frito-Lay, Duke Energy and HBO. William’s artistic projects concentrate on the enriching impact of the African presence on the Americas, including a photographic study of life in present-day Cuba. His images have been published in Warner Brothers Publications, Time-Life Books and Johnson Publications.

Charlitta Winston is active in Marion County philanthropic and civic activities. In the private sector she has served as director of supplier diversity for Scientific Games, a management firm for state lotteries; and manager of supplier diversity for WellPoint, a health benefits company. Her not-for-profit engagements have included: managing the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana’s capital campaign, serving as a board member of Indiana Landmarks and the Indiana Historical Society, and working as a philanthropy officer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, where she collaborates with curatorial and education staff to share art and nature experiences with museum visitors and the local community.

Debbie Dyar graduated from Ball State University with a degree in elementary education. Debbie taught for seven years in Indianapolis Public Schools and has spent the last 23 years teaching private piano lessons in her home. She has played piano within her community for many years, including at her church’s Sunday school and Midland House, a retirement home.

Anne Powers earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education. As an undergraduate student at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, she received the coveted Marshall University Theatre Award. Anne later won a local television station’s music contest and sang live in front of an audience of several thousand; meeting and auditioning for Lawrence Welk was the highlight of her evening. For the last 33 years she has taught music theory and directed choirs and musicals in Indianapolis Public Schools. Anne’s choir at Florence Fay Elementary, IPS #21, won the Oscar Meyer Commercial, and her school’s music department was awarded $10,000 for their music video.




The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association
The UPS Store #3906
The Hilbert Circle Theatre
The Great Frame Up
E.M. Hughes & Associates, LLC
Colored Threads
James and Deborah Dyar
Heartland Printworks
The Propylaeum Historic Foundation
The Franklin Symphonic Council, Inc.