Click the tabs below to learn more about our School Outreach Programs,
our Family Concert Series,
and our Instrument Loan Program!
The perfect way to introduce anyone age 19 or under to the joy of orchestral music: one free teen ticket with full-priced adult ticket*!
*not including Section A
Special thanks to our Take-A-Teen Sponsor
Student Rush Tickets
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School Outreach Programs
The WSO’s two main education programs are Beethoven in the Schools and Musicians in the Schools.
Beethoven In The Schools
Every spring, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Grant Donnellan and his accompanist visit hundreds of children in grades K–3 and share the joys of music. Dressed in 19th-century period costume, “Beethoven” leads young students through the interactive process of musically animating a story. This engaging program is co-sponsored by the Bellingham Festival of Music.
Musicians In The Schools
With the intent of inspiring students to choose an instrument and play in their schools’ music ensembles, Symphony musicians present a series of concerts, bringing instrumental music to the elementary schools of our community.
Each concert features a particular section of the orchestra; strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion. Education packets addressing lessons outlined in Washington State’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements are sent to teachers to help them integrate the musical performance and interactions into subjects such as science, history and social studies.
Special thanks to our generous past and present sponsors:
BP, Bellingham Arts Commission, Bellingham Festival of Music, ConocoPhillips, Lummi Indian Business Council, Washington State Arts Commission, and Whatcom County.
The orchestra presents family concerts each year to introduce new audiences to the magic of the symphony.
2018 Educational Concert: Carnival of the Animals
The 17-18 season brings a collaboration with the Mount Baker theatre to present Carnival of the Animals!
Previous performances have included:
2016 Family Concert: Rhythm, from Spain & Latin America
Featuring music composed by Bizet, Ginastera, & Rimsky-Korsakov, accompanied by narration by Akilah Williams.
2015 Family Concert: Pictures at an Exhibition
Maestro Yaniv Attar, accompanied by narrator Akilah Williams, guided the audience through an art gallery tour, featuring Ravel’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Through a collaboration with Allied Arts of Whatcom County, the music was accompanied by a slideshow of art gallery pictures plus winning art submissions from Bellingham middle school students under the tutelage of local fine-artist Ben Mann.
2014 Family Concert: Carnival of the Animals
Maestro Yaniv Attar’s first family concert with the WSO featured local duo pianists Dan & Victoria Sabo performing Saint-Saens’ musical journey through the animal kingdom. Guest narrator Billy Tierney from the Upfront Theatre provided animated readings of the poetry for each movement. Young performers from the Bellingham community also joined the WSO for a performance of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5.
Instrument Loan Program
The WSO Instrument Loan Program provides promising young local musicians access to high quality orchestra instruments that are difficult to rent and expensive to purchase. Instruments are loaned out each year from the end of August to the end of June to promising Whatcom County musicians under the age of 25.
Click here to view the available instruments and apply for the program.
Donate Your Time and Talent
Join the family of WSO Volunteers!
The Friends of the Symphony perform a variety of tasks from hosting the concierge table at concerts, assisting at fundraising events, performing office work and working with board committees.