Community

Click the tabs below to learn more about our School Outreach Programs,
our Family Concert Series,
and our Instrument Loan Program!

Special Programs

Take-a-Teen

The perfect way to introduce anyone under the age of 19 to the joy of orchestral music: one free teen ticket with full-priced adult ticket*!

*not including Section A

Student Rush Tickets

Best-seats-available 2 hours before performance for just $15 (with Student ID).

Con Brio Crew

If you are 21–40, we’ve got a terrific deal for you! We know you have busy lives, and lots of demands on your entertainment budget, so we’re giving you an opportunity to experience the WSO with an amazing offer: $25/concert for any 3 or more concerts. Seriously.

We also realize plans can change, so if you can’t make a planned concert, you can exchange your tickets for another one… for free.

And to top it off, members of this club are invited to a special wine reception with Maestro Attar and members of the orchestra. It just doesn’t get any better than this!

Call MBT’s Ticketing Office at 360-734-6080 to purchase tickets.

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.

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.

Family Concerts

The orchestra presents family concerts each year to introduce new audiences to the magic of the symphony.

Watch for an upcoming announcement of our 2016 Family Concert.

Previous performances have included:

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. 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.

Orchestra Auditions

The WSO presents six concerts per season at the Mount Baker Theatre, plus the occasional family concert and/or ‘pops’ concert.

Auditions for positions in the all-volunteer Whatcom Symphony Orchestra are held before the beginning of each season, in August.

Auditions for the 2016–2017 season have already occurred. Auditions for the 2017–2018 season will be announced in late June 2017. Check back at that time for details.

If you are interested in being considered as a sub or would like to be added to the audition notification email list, please contact our Operations Manager, Nirvana Guernsey, at operations@whatcomsymphony.com or leave a message for her at the WSO office: 360-255-5181.

Audition Materials

Click on your instrument to download excerpts. These materials may be updated before each season.

Strings

Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass

Winds
Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon

Brass
Horn
Trumpet
Trombone
Tuba

Percussion
Percussion

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