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 performance, 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 $6 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.

Past STAR performances:

January 24, 2015 Wenatchee High School Mariachi, Wenatchee, WA
February 7, 2015 Wintergrass Youth Orchestra, Seattle, WA
February 12, 2015 Nathan Hale High School Orchestra, Seattle, WA
February 14, 2015 Northwest Tap Connection, Seattle, WA
February 27, 2015 Monte Vista Christian School Band and String Orchestra, Watsonville, CA
February 28, 2015 Canyon Park Junior High Symphonic Band, Bothell, WA
March 9, 2015 Prince of Wales Secondary School Tour Ensemble, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
March 12, 2015 Highline High School Jazz Band, Burien, WA
March 14, 2015 Ingraham High School Choir, Seattle, WA
March 18, 2015 Nathan Hale High School Wind Ensemble, Seattle, WA
March 26, 2015 LaVenture Middle School Eight Grade Concert Band, Mount Vernon, WA
April 3, 2015 Vacaville High School Bulldog Band, Vacaville, CA
April 23, 2015 North Mesquite High School Bands, Mesquite, TX
April 24, 2015 Bands at St. Thomas More School and St. Luke School, Lynnwood and Shoreline, WA
April 25, 2015 Blue Horizon Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Sedro Wooley High School, Sedro Wooley, WA
April 28, 2015 Kamiakin Middle School Jazz Ensemble, Kirkland, WA
May 2, 2015 Similkameen Elementary Secondary School Grade 8-9 Concert Band, Keremeos, B.C., Canada
May 6, 2015 Burlington-Edison Blue and Gold Band, Burlington, WA
May 8, 2015 Princeton Senior Band, Princeton, B.C., Canada
May 13, 2015 Roosevelt High School Choir, Seattle, WA
May 22, 2015 Maplewood Elementary Mustang Choir and Mustang Marimba Madness, Puyallup, WA
May 26, 2015 Skyline High School Guitar Ensemble, Sammamish, WA
May 30, 2015 Cello X, Seattle, WA
July 25, 2015 Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, Marrowstone-in-the-City, Seattle, WA
August 1, 2015 Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, Marrowstone-in-the-City, 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 additionally supported by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission (“ArtsWA”) and the National Endowment for the Arts.