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:
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 19, 2017 Emerald City Sings Choral Festival (Seattle, WA)
May 20, 2017 Cello X (Seattle, WA)
May 25, 2017 Nathan Hale High School Orchestra (Seattle, WA)
May 31, 2017 Nathan Hale High School Wind Ensemble (Seattle, WA)
June 3, 2017 Steel Pan Summit (Seattle, WA)
June 6, 2017 Albuquerque Youth Symphony (Albuquerque, NM)
June 8, 2017 Gateway Middle School Concert Choir (Everett, WA)

Past STAR performances:
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)
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 4, 2017 Tillicum MS &th Grade Band (Bellevue, WA)
April 13, 2017 Evergreen High School Wind Symphony (Vancouver, WA)
April 15, 2017 Weiser High School Concert Band (Weisser, ID)


School groups

Email us 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.