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Programs Assistant

Description of Organization

The Bellingham Symphony Orchestra is an enthusiastic and thriving community-based orchestra that features an extraordinary level of talent in its ~80 players, and attracts soloists of international stature such as Gil Shaham, Jennifer Koh, Anthony McGill, and James Ehnes. It is financially stable, with healthy reserves and an annual operating budget of approximately $700,000. The BSO is the resident orchestra of the historic Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA.

Bellingham is located between the Vancouver B.C. and Seattle metropolitan areas, nestled on the shores of Puget Sound and in the shadow of majestic Mount Baker (Kulshan). It offers a rich variety of recreational, cultural, and educational activities, as well as natural beauty and exceptional schools. Bellingham regularly tops lists of “Best Places to Live,” and is ranked the second best arts community in the country (based on the number of active arts businesses per capita).

The current season is the 49th for the orchestra, and the 11th with Yaniv Attar as Music Director. Juilliard-trained, Attar is beloved by audiences and players alike for his engaging podium style and programming that honors the classical canon while celebrating contemporary works and commissioned pieces. The 2024-25 season also features the tenth year of the Harmony from Discord program, honoring the works of those who composed in the face of oppression, and celebrating the power of music to overcome adversity. The BSO’s Youth and Community Engagement program, including the Bellingham Youth Chamber Players, extends outside of the concert hall and into local schools and the broader community. 

We have a great team that is enthusiastic about sharing fine orchestral music with our community. We strive to put forth high quality work with innovative strategies. The mission of the Symphony is, “The BSO engages, connects, and uplifts our community by performing powerful, beautiful, and inspiring music.”  For more information on the orchestra's Mission, Vision, DEI statement, and history, please visit


Position Title

Programs Assistant

Position Description

The Programs Assistant supports the Bellingham Youth Chamber Players (BYCP) Director in the operational and logistical aspects of BYCP as well as implements BSO Youth and Community Engagement Programs, helping to coordinate school and community concerts and events including Soloists in the Schools, Classical Kids, and Trailblazers.

Position Goal

With a focus on youth engagement, this role supports BSO Youth & Community Engagement Programs.


Position is in Bellingham, WA with work done at various venues (including the Mount Baker Theatre and BAAY), and at the BSO Office (316 W Champion St, Bellingham, WA).


This is an hourly position estimated at 2-4 hours per week and may vary. Occasional evening/weekend hours are required for concerts or events.


Applications are open now, will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to submissions as they come in.

Pay/Salary & Benefits

Salary range will be $18-20/hour to start, DOE.


  • Experience working with youth is required.
  • Some college experience is preferred.
  • A basic working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and Google Drive is required, proficiency preferred

Application Instructions

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to The Bellingham Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.

The Bellingham Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity employer.