Students Training in Artistic Reach.

  1. School music ensembles and community groups are eligible to participate in EMP's STAR (Students Training in Artistic Reach) program, where youth gain valuable coaching and performance experiences.

    Members of Seattle Youth Symphony rehearse in Level 3 of EMP Museum during a STAR rehearsal.

    Photo courtesy EMP staff.

  2. Thanks to EMP's STAR Program (Students Training in Artistic Reach), museum visitors enjoyed a Sky Church performance of original hip-hop, pop, and R&B songs, along with locally produced music videos created by teens from two after-school programs at the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club: Trackademics and Streetlight Media.

    Photo courtesy of former EMP Youth Advisory Board member, Hannah Lu.

  3. Youth Speaks Seattle supports poetry and creative writing with classes and open mic opportunities, and offers a variety of events that are free and open to youth aged 13 to 19.

    Donte Johnson performs original poetry with Youth Speaks Seattle in EMP's Sky Church on November 18, 2012.

    Photo by Samantha Vick, EMP volunteer and former Youth Advisory Board member.

  4. Launched in 2010, JazzED provides Seattle area youth with an exceptional jazz education and valuable performance opportunities.

    JazzED students performing in EMP's renowned Sky Church.

    Photo courtesy of EMP staff.

  5. JazzED students come together to perform jazz classics live in EMP's Sky Church.

    Photo courtesy of 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 2013 through September 2014
  • Act now! $250–$400 includes EMP entrance for groups of 30 students.
    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.
  • For only $5 admission, participants can explore current exhibitions and interactive installations.

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


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.

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

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