Students Training in Artistic Reach.

  1. Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra’s “Marrowstone-in-the-City” Summer Music Camp is designed to provide musical instruction and orchestral training for musicians in the Seattle area between the ages of 7 and 14.

    SYSO students performing in EMP’s renowned Sky Church on July 26, 2014.

    Photo courtesy of EMP staff.

  2. Based in West Richland, WA, the Bram Bratá Steel Drum Band promotes world music in the mid-Columbia region through education and music performance. The name Bram Bratá is derived from two Trinidadian slang words meaning “an unexpected party,” a fitting name for the challenging and varied repertoire of Caribbean, Soca, jazz, popular, and even classical music. Spontaneous dancing is not uncommon!

    Bram Bratá Steel Drum Band performs as part of EMP’s STAR program at Sky Church on July 18, 2014.

    Photo courtesy EMP staff.

  3. Hailing from Ogden, Utah, the Ben Lomond High School Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Concert Band regularly travel to the West Coast to perform and learn from professional musicians.

    Members of the Ben Lomond Bagpipe Corp performing in EMP’s Sky Church on March 28, 2014.

    Photo courtesy EMP staff.

Open to ensembles of all musical genres based in schools or the wider community, EMP’s STAR (Students Training in Artistic Reach) program supports youth music ensembles by conveying the artistic skills necessary to perform in a professional capacity.

Students identify learning goals, receive two hours of dedicated coaching from professional artists experienced in working with youth, and get valuable public performance opportunities on stage in EMP's Sky Church.


  • September 2014—September 2015
  • $250 for two hours of coaching and perforamnce, plus a $75-$100 administrative fee
  • This program is offered free of charge to Free or Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) designated school groups. Schools with 40% participants in the FRPL program may also apply for bus funding assistance. This coaching program is provided at no cost for invited community ensembles who offer youth significant scholarships to participate. Community groups please apply.
  • STAR groups and their attending friends and families receive a discounted group admission rate of $5 per person.

Note: February through May is STAR’s busiest time of the year. We usually have a full roster by January. Please plan accordingly and contact us as early as possible, ideally September 2014—December 2014.

Past STAR performances:

February 7, 2014 Valley Catholic High School Concert Choir, Portland, OR
February 10, 2014 Similkameen Secondary School Senior Band, Keremos, Canada
February 15, 2014 Liberty High School Concert Choir, Hillsboro, OR
February 21, 2014 Highline High School Jazz Band, Burien, WA
March 15, 2014 Ingraham High School Swing Choir, Seattle, WA
March 16, 2014 Hudson’s Bay String Orchestra, Vancouver, WA
March 20, 2014 LaVenture Middle School 8th Grade Concert Band, Mount Vernon, WA
March 26, 2014 Pocatello High School Senior Choir, Pocatello, ID
March 28, 2014 Ben Lomond High School Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Concert Band, Ogden, Utah
April 3, 2014 Nathan Hale High School String Orchestra, Seattle, WA
April 4, 2014 Tillicum Middle School Symphonic Band, Bellevue, WA
April 9, 2014 Veritas Concert Choir, Newberg, OR
April 11, 2014 Vancouver Technical Beginning Band, Concert Band, and Junior String Orchestra, Vancouver, Canada
April 12, 2014 Coronado High School Varsity Choir and Coronado High School Orchestra, Scottsdale, AZ
April 21, 2014 Kamiakin Middle School Jazz Ensemble, Kirkland, WA
May 2, 2014 Burlington-Edison Blue and Gold Band, Burlington, WA
May 9, 2014 Entiat Middle-High School Band, Entiat, WA
May 15, 2014 Whitman Middle School 7th Grade Orchestra, Seattle, WA
May 16, 2014 Whitman Concert Band, Seattle, WA
May 31, 2014 Washington Middle School Senior Fiddlers/Wintergrass, Seattle, WA
June 7, 2014 Seattle Cello eXperiment, Seattle, WA
July 18, 2014 Bram Brata Steel Drum Band, Richland, WA
July 26, 2014 Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra "Marrowstone in the City" Summer Music Camp Orchestras, Seattle, WA
August 2, 2014 Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra "Marrowstone in the City" Summer Music Camp Orchestras, Seattle, WA
November 15, 2014 Simba Youth Marimba Ensemble, Seattle, WA
December 6, 2014 JazzED All-Star Combos, Seattle, WA


School groups

Email Bonnie Showers, Curator, Education + Interpretive Services, at BonnieS@EMPmuseum.org or call 206-262-3250.

Community groups

Email Jonathan Cunningham, Manager, Youth Programs + Community Outreach, at JonathanC@EMPmuseum.org or call 206-262-3156.

Email Andrew Wonders, Education Programs Coordinator, at AndrewWP@EMPmuseum.org or call 206-262-3239.

Premier Education Sponsor:

CTI BioPharma

Major support for EMP's STAR program provided by:

BoeingWells Fargo Private BankCenturyLinkNo Wasted Notes

This program is additionaly supported by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission (now also known as “ArtsWA”) and the National Endowment for the Arts.