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 the Museum of Pop Culture’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 MoPOP’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 MoPOP’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, MoPOP’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 MoPOP'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:

March 8, 2017 Evergreen High School Wind Symphony )Vancouver, WA)
March 10, 2017 Union High School Chamber Orchestra (Camas, WA)
March 10, 2017 Hudson's Bay String Orchestra (Vancouver, WA)
March 16, 2017 Mesa High School Choir (Mesa, AZ)
March 25, 2017 Naches Valley Ranger Band and Naches Valley Ranger Choir (Naches, WA)
March 28, 2017 Highline Jazz Band (Burien, WA)
March 29, 2017 Scripps Ranch High School Orchestra (Scripps Ranch, CA)
March 30, 2017 La Venture MS Symphonic Band (Mount Vernon, WA)
April 15, 2017 Weiser High School Concert Band (Weisser, ID)
April 25, 2017 Kamaikin Middle School Jazz Band (Kirkland, WA)
April 28, 2017 Sentinnel High School Spartanaires Chamber Choir (Missoula, MT)
May 5, 2017 Burlington-Edison Intermediate Concert Band (Burlington-Edison, WA)
May 20, 2017 Cello X (Seattle, WA)
May 25, 2017 Nathan Hale High School Orchestra (Seattle, WA)
May 30, 2017 Bishop Kelly High School Choir and Orchestra (Boise, ID)
May 31, 2017 Nathan Hale High School Wind Ensemble (Seattle, WA)
June 3, 2017 Steel Pan Summit (Seattle, WA)
June 8, 2017 Gateway Middle School Concert Choir (Everett, WA)

Past STAR performances:
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)
November 22, 2016 Midlothian High School Wind Ensemble and Midlothian High School Honor Band (Midlothian, TX)
December 2, 2016 Rose Hill Middle School Concert Choir (Redmond, WA)
January 19, 2017 Whitman Intermediate Orchestra (Seattle, WA)
January 20, 2017 Roosevelt High School Choir (Seattle, WA) 
January 21, 2017 Wenatchee Mariachi (Wenatchee, WA)
January 27,  2017 Whitman Middle School Concert Band (Seattle, WA)
February 3, 2017 Canyon Park Junior High Symphonic Band (Bothell, WA)
February 7, 2017 Evergreen High School Wind Symphony (Vancouver, WA)
February 10, 2017 Canyon Park Junior High Orchestra (Bothell, WA)


School groups

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

Community groups

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

Thanks to our education and outreach program sponsors:

Major support for MoPOP'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.