An institution since 1943, Marrowstone Music Festival is the Pacific Northwest’s premiere orchestral training program. Marrowstone is presented by the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and is hosted by Western Washington University. Located in picturesque Bellingham, overlooking the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains, the WWU campus offers a uniquely intimate environment for Marrowstone's Pre-College, University, and Fellowship divisions.
True to its 71-year history, Marrowstone remains an orchestral training experience. Marrowstone's three orchestras perform weekly under the direction of world class conductors and artist-faculty. The festival also includes chamber music studies and performance, master classes, and private instruction.
Marrowstone students have the opportunity to study with internationally acclaimed performers and artist-teachers from such institutions as the Chicago Symphony, the Zurich Opera Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the University of Michigan, the University of Texas-Austin, the Empire Brass, and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Marrowstone graduates and alumni play in major orchestras and opera companies across the United States, including those of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and New York, as well as internationally in London, Paris, Milan, Hong Kong and Tokyo, and many others.
The land and waters of the Northwest corner of Washington and Southwest British Columbia are noted for their natural beauty. A wide range of outdoor activities attract people from around the world. Hiking, shoreline walking trails, and beaches are within a 10-minute drive from campus. Other popular attractions include whale-watching and drives and hikes in the Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest and Wilderness areas.
Mid-summer temperatures range from pleasantly warm during the day to refreshingly cool in the evening. The low humidity and abundance of sunshine provide the perfect climate for outdoors activities. Please be prepared to dress in layers, though, as the weather tends to change throughout the day!
Visit the Bellingham Visitors Bureau for more information about the area.
Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center (PAC) is situated on a high hill overlooking Bellingham Bay. The facility includes a concert hall, large auditorium, ample practice and teaching spaces, and large rehearsal areas. Orchestral and chamber music performances take place in the 700-seat PAC Concert Hall, while many master classes and workshops occur in the Music Studio Theater.
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: 360-880-8800 /1-800-BELLAIR
Group charters and scheduled daily Sea-Tac Airport shuttle service. http://www.airporter.com/shuttle/bellingham-to-seatac-airport-seattle.
**Note: Please select the “Guest House Inn (formerly Val-U Inn)” as your drop-off destination.
Daily runs to and from Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. The Amtrak and Greyhound depots are located at Fairhaven Station, about 2 miles from campus. www.amtrak.com and www.amtrakcascades.com
The Amtrak and Greyhound depots are located at Fairhaven Station, about 2 miles from campus. WTA buses connect Western with Fairhaven station 7 days a week. www.greyhound.com
: 360-734-TAXI / 800-281-5340 (Toll-free number works within Washington only).
Taxi fare from Fairhaven Station to WWU runs about $7.00. There is no regular transit service to or from Bellingham International Airport. Taxi fare will run $15.00 -$16.00 from the airport to WWU.