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 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.

Past 2015 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)


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.