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 by Nat Seymour.

  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 by Brady Harvey.

  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 by Allyce Andrew.

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 2015—September 2016
  • $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.

Upcoming Performances:
November 22, 2016 Midlothian High School Wind Ensemble and Midlothian High School Honor Band (Midlothian, TX)

Past 2015-16 STAR performances:

October 25, 2015 Youth Speaks Seattle (Seattle, WA)
November 6, 2015 OneBeat Sharing Out Concert with Roosevelt High School Choir, Simba Youth Marimba Ensemble, Ingraham High School Choir, and Big World Breaks Percussion Ensemble
November 21, 2015 Hendrix Music Academy (Renton, WA)
January 14, 2016 Whitman Middle School 7th Grade Orchestra (Seattle, WA)
January 16, 2016 Wenatchee Mariachi (Wenatchee, WA)
February 5, 2016 Whitman Middle School Concert Band (Seattle, WA)
February 27, 2016 Canyon Park Junior High Symphonic Band (Bothell, WA)
March 3, 2016 Lochburn Middle School 8th Grade Band (Lakewood, WA)
March 4, 2016 Kentwood High School Choir (Covington, WA)
March 9, 2016 Highline High School Jazz Ensemble (Burien, WA)
March 10, 2016 Chief Sealth International High School Band (Seattle, WA)
March 11, 2016 Hudson’s Bay High School String Orchestras (Vancouver, WA)
March 19, 2016 Canyon Park Junior High Orchestra (Bothell, WA)
March 24, 2016 LaVenture Middle School Symphonic Band (Mt. Vernon, WA)
March 28, 2016 Jefferson Township High School Chamber Choir (Oak Ridge, NJ)
March 31, 2016 Robbinsdale Cooper High School Orchestra (New Hope, MN)
April 1, 2016 Emerald City Choral Festival (Nationwide)
April 9, 2016 Upland High School Choir (Upland, CA)
April 16, 2016 Denton High School Jazz Band (Denton, TX)
April 21, 2016 Kamiakin Middle School Jazz Ensemble (Kirkland, WA)
April 27, 2016 North Lake Middle School Choir (Lake Stevens, WA)
May 6, 2016 Burlington-Edison School District Intermediate Band (Burlington, WA)
May 25, 2016 Nathan Hale High School Wind Ensemble (Seattle, WA)
July 23, 2016 Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Marrowstone-in-the-City, Shorecrest Summer Camp (Seattle, WA)
July 30, 2016 Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Marrowstone-in-the-City, Overlake Summer Camp (Seattle, WA)
August 2, 2016 Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Marrowstone-in-the-City, Overlake Summer Camp (Seattle, WA)


School groups

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

Community groups

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

Email Jessica Lane, Education Programs Coordinator, at or call 206-262-3239.

Major support for EMP's STAR program provided by:

This program is additionally supported by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission (“ArtsWA”) and the National Endowment for the Arts.