JULY 26 – AUGUST 7 2021


Application Deadline Extended to June 6


–Updated May 25 2021–



The location of the Marrowstone 2021 festival has been announced. We hope you will be able to join us at the St. Mary’s School in Seattle’s Central district for the 2021 festival. 


We are thrilled to announce that internationally-renowned violin soloist and SYSO alumna Simone Porter will perform with the Marrowstone Orchestras on August 7 at Benaroya Hall. 






Repertoire Highlights

Arvo Pärt – Fratres ft. Simone Porter

Antonio Vivaldi – Summer from The Seasons ft. Simone Porter 

Igor Stravinsky – Pulcinella Suite 







For the 2021 Marrowstone Music Festival we will bring to Seattle the same level of rigor, intensity, and excellent music-making that always happens at the festival.


The two-week program will be an in-person, non-residential festival right here in Seattle’s Central District at the St. Mary’s School. It will include full orchestra rehearsals led by SYSO Music Director Juan Felipe Molano and sectionals coached by high caliber professional musicians. Our artist-faculty are among some of the finest musicians in Seattle, hailing from the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Seattle Opera, local universities, and more.

Our artist-faculty will also provide masterclasses throughout the Festival, providing opportunities for direct feedback for participating students. For students interested in chamber music, an optional chamber program can be added to the experience. The Festival will culminate with final orchestra performances accompanied by a special guest soloist and a chamber recital right here in Seattle.


SYSO will be abiding by all Washington State COVID regulations to ensure student, faculty, and staff safety.


Health & Safety:

SYSO will follow all the appropriate COVID protocols and has been in contact with the Washington State Department of Health for specific guidance. If King County is in Phase 2 or Phase 3 this means SYSO will maintain social distancing of 6 feet for string and percussion players and 9 feet for brass and woodwinds. Based on the facility capacity, Marrowstone can accommodate approximately two orchestras of 40-45 members each. Detailed COVID protocols and procedures will be provided to all participants.


If you have any questions or inquiries for the 2021 Festival please contact Marrowstone Operations Manager, Evan Berge at evan.berge@syso.org.


If you would like to be added to our mailing list so that you are notified of summer program plans, please click here and be sure to select Marrowstone Music Festival.













The Marrowstone Music Festival, founded in 1943, is the largest and most comprehensive summer orchestral training program in the Pacific Northwest. Every summer over 200 musicians, ages 14 to 25, come from over 30 states and several countries to study with our internationally acclaimed faculty at the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham. During this intense two-week program students are immersed in orchestral and chamber music rehearsals, master classes, and repertoire building professional performance opportunities.