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

Special Programs


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).

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 2018 Educational Concert.

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. 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, Now Auditioning for 2017-2018 Season!

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. A few positions have small stipends.

Auditions for the 2017–2018 season will be held on August 14th and 15th in the evenings at WWU PAC room 16 (choir room).  Current openings are for regular members in all string sections, subs in all sections, Principal Second Violin, Assistant Principal Second Violin, Assistant Principal Bass, 3rd Clarinet, Principal Bassoon, and 3rd Bassoon. Click here to view our flyer and help us spread the word.

If you are interested in being considered as a regular member, sub, or for any of our open positions, you must contact our Operations Manager, Nirvana Guernsey, at or leave a message for her at the WSO office: 360-255-5181 to get an audition appointment, time, and necessary materials. Resumes are required on all principal auditions.

Audition Materials

Click on your instrument to download excerpts. These materials may be updated each season and each instrument will be completely updated to reflect our 2017-2018 season auditions by June 14th, 2017.






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