We believe most strongly that each generation must preserve its cultural heritage and pass that heritage on to future generations.
Skagit Symphony sponsors several programs oriented towards bringing classical music to young people as well as providing opportunities for young musicians to perform in concerts. The School Concerts are provided at no cost to the schools. Tickets for the Family Concert are $10 for adults and $1 for each child. The concerts are recommended for children 3 and over. Young children must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.
For educational information about the upcoming January School Concert program, click here.
For information about the upcoming January Family Concert, click here.
College Student Music Program
College students who are studying music may play with the orchestra in Skagit Symphony concerts upon obtaining the Music Director’s approval. The Symphony encourages collegiate members to perform either for one concert or for a season. College student players can sometimes receive academic credit for their participation.
Young musicians with talent are often invited to become soloists with the Symphony.
College students who are interested in this program should contact Music Director Roupen Shakarian through firstname.lastname@example.org
“Through my involvement with music, I developed discipline, responsibility, leadership skills and the enjoyment of belonging to a group sharing similar interests. I strive to assist students in developing these qualities. Music may not be the chosen field for all, but all can use music as a positive expression” —Cathy Bing
|Catherine F. Bing was an outstanding and memorable teacher for 39 years, 25 of which were spent in the Mount Vernon School District as an elementary music teacher and The Director of Fine & Performing Arts. She retired late in 2012 and passed away on January 16, 2013.“Ms. Bing” was a mentor of music to thousands of young students. It is fair to say that her love of music was only surpassed by her love of teaching music to all who crossed the thresholds of her classrooms. Whether her students were talented musicians or five year old kindergarteners, when they were in her room, they knew they were going to experience music with joy and excitement.
Recognized for her passionate teaching of music, Ms. Bing was contacted by Skagit Symphony to lead the linking of Washington State Learning Standards and the 5th grade educational outreach program with the professional musicians of Skagit Symphony. Every year since then fifth grade students from Skagit County gather at McIntyre Hall to experience the performance of Skagit’s symphony. Through her administrative efforts, and the help of fellow music teachers, she was instrumental in the development of this successful and popular program for 5th grade students.
It is with music in our hearts that we remember our Ms. Bing.