The Symphony is a place for advanced students to find challenge and community in performing classics of the full orchestral repertoire as well as new works by contemporary composers. Each year, select members are featured in solo performance with the Symphony and are encouraged to audition for this special opportunity.
Grant Donnellan, Director
Grant Donnellan, the conductor of the North Sound Youth Symphony since 2010, is professor of violin and string pedagogy at Western Washington University. An active performer in solo, orchestral and chamber music, Grant is a member of the Bellingham Festival Orchestra, which performs at the Bellingham Festival of Music, and is Concert Master of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has performed in European Tours and on recordings as a member of the American Sinfoietta. As a conductor, he has directed the Whatcom Symphony, the WWU Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, the Ferndale Summer Pops Orchestra and numerous State Honor Orchestras. Grant brings to the Symphony a wealth of orchestral experience, a quest for excellence, a passion for teaching and a love of music.