Dear Marrowstone Applicants and Families.

After much deliberation, the SYSO leadership and board have made the difficult decision to cancel Marrowstone Music Festival this summer. We have been looking forward to another exciting summer of outstanding music and apologize for this very disappointing news. However, when faced with the many uncertainties stemming from COVID-19, we concluded that the program was not feasible to run this summer. We are still exploring ways to support the year-round musical development of Seattle area students and plan to stay in touch as any opportunities arise.

For those students who have applied to Marrowstone, please contact Data and Operations Manager Bryan Lindeman at regarding receiving credit for a future SYSO program tuition or to receive a refund.  If you are able, please consider donating all or part of your application fee to SYSO. We would greatly appreciate our community’s continued support in these uncertain times. We want to thank our students for their continued dedication to music, our long-time Bellingham community for their support, and our amazing faculty for their understanding as we’ve worked through this decision process.

We appreciate your understanding of this unprecedented situation. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Executive Director Kathleen Allen at or Music Director Juan Felipe Molano at

Please stay safe and healthy,

-Annie Petersen
Marrowstone Admissions and Operations Coordinator













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.