Education & Community

Learn At Home with BSO!

Learn about instruments, composers, music, and how to conduct from the comfort of home!

Learn At Home Activities!

Fruit & Veggie Instruments

Carrot Kazoo

Make a kazoo from a carrot!

Cauliflower Trumpet!

Make a trumpet from a cauliflower!

Gourd Ocarina

Make an ocarina out of a gourd!

Green Pepper Shakers

Make a Rhythm Instrument from a Green Pepper!

Make a Watermelon Drum!

Learn how to make a drum out of a watermelon!

Conducting & Instruments

Conduct with Yaniv

Learn how to conduct with Maestro Yaniv! (Featuring Jonah)

History of String-Making in the Violin Family!

Want to know how strings are made for violins, violas, cellos, and basses? Read on!

The Bass

Learn about the Bass with Mark Tomko, Principal Bass of the BSO!

The Cello

Learn about the cello with Olivia Kingsley, BSO Program Intern!

The English Horn

Learn about the English horn with Ken Bronstein, English horn of the BSO!

Experience Music

A Concerto Is a Conversation!

Learn about composer and pianist Kris Bowers.

Alex Klein

Learn about an unexpected adventure that once happened to soloist, Grammy winning oboist Alex Klein!

Anthony McGill

Learn about a day in the life of soloist New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist Anthony McGill!

Blob Opera!

Experience music and media arts!

Breanna Sinclaire

This week’s lesson features Breanna Sinclaire, the first transgender person to sing the National Anthem at a professional sporting event!

Carnival of the Animals

Here is a fun Carnival of the Animals activity to do with your kids!

Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman

Learn about Joan Tower and her Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman!

Frédéric Chopin

Who's on first? Learn about Chopin and his first (or is it second?) piano concerto!

In the Hall of the Mountain King

Stories and music! Here is a fun activity to do with your kids involving the piece In the Hall of the Mountain King.

Inspiring Composers!

Hear words of inspiration from composers Alexandra Gardner and Frances Pollock.

You Can Help Keep the Music Going!

If you enjoy our learn at home activities, please consider a donation to the BSO. The BSO does over 90 in-school performances each year, reaching thousands of students throughout Whatcom County.

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Whatcom Arts Project

The BSO is a proud participant and a founding member of the Whatcom Arts Project, a group of over 30 community arts nonprofits. The goal of the Whatcom Arts Project is to reach our community during this time of need to provide hope, entertainment, learning opportunities, and a sense of togetherness. Each week during the pandemic, the BSO posted learning activities and videos on our website and to social media as part of the Whatcom Arts Project.

To learn more about the Whatcom Arts Project and home friendly activities in our area, please visit: or