Marrowstone Music Festival 2021

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. 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 at Benaroya Hall.

Festival Features


The 2021 Marrowstone Music Festival will consist of orchestras conducted by SYSO Music Director, Juan Felipe Molano.

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

Rehearsal Structure: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday with an optional chamber program from 1-2 p.m. Half of the orchestra rehearsal will be comprised of full orchestra rehearsals with Maestro Molano and the other half will consist of sectionals with the artist-faculty of your section.

Masterclasses: Faculty will offer masterclasses each day of the festival to share their expertise on their instrument.

Optional Chamber Music: For an additional charge, students will be able to participate in an optional chamber music program from 1 – 2 p.m. culminating in a separate chamber music recital for participating students (venue and date TBA). No additional audition will be required, but you will need to indicate interest in participating in the chamber program on the application

*Pre-formed Chamber groups are permitted with approval from the SYSO Music Director.

**Students will not be permitted to exclusively participate in the optional chamber music unless they receive special exception from the SYSO Music Director.


Concerts: The festival will culminate in a concert at Benaroya Hall on August 7 featuring the Marrowstone festival orchestras.

Guest Soloist: We will be featuring a special guest soloist as part of the 2021 Festival. More information on this collaboration is forthcoming.

Marrowstone 2021 Artist-Faculty

Tuition Information

$45 – Application fee
$1250 – Marrowstone Music Festival tuition
$200 – Additional fee for optional chamber program

Generous financial aid is available.