Music and Arts for the Pacific Northwest

The Peterson Conservatory has been instrumental in preserving excellence in the arts in northwest Washington for decades. Instruction in all orchestral, band, and jazz instruments takes place at the Conservatory building in Mt. Vernon and in schools in the area. The Starry Night Chamber Orchestra, made up of Conservatory faculty and other outstanding local and guest performers, brings joy and beauty to the entire state.

Anne of Green Gables auditions

The Peterson Conservatory presents the stage version of the popular books. Auditions are on Oct. 6, 2015. details

Prague Summer Orchestra Tour

Perform at the Dvorak Festival in Prague on June 29, 2015

Sign up now! Send an email to Mrs. Peterson at

Dvorak Festivel, Prague

From the director to all interested players:

Hello friends-

I just got the invitation yesterday for Mt Baker Youth Symphony (which includes Fidalgo Youth Symphony-we are under the same non-profit number and collaborate regularly in concerts), to be one of four featured youth symphonies from around the world to perform at the Dvorak Festival in Prague on June 29!! We received the invitation based on two videos I sent their team: Dvorak New World last movement, from FYS Spring Concert 2014, and Jupiter from Holst's Planets, which MBYS/FYS played jointly in McIntyre Hall.

The MCI organization is very selective, and it is a significant honor to be invited to play at this concert! Other youth symphonies will do the tour, but won't be allowed to perform at this particular featured concert. Our group would play a piece by Dvorak, or a Beethoven selection.

We want to do the Tour #2-Vienna trip, added to the days in Prague. If we get enough people we can even add the two more nights in Vienna and Budapest! Two other concerts are also possible on this tour.

Several of you have expressed real interest in going, so Mr. Peterson and I are starting the serious recruiting NOW! October 1 is the deadline for the first deposit of funds.

We need to have 20 players committed by November, so even if you are already in college or university, please alert your fellow musicians to this tour. They can email me at

It is a fairly pricey tour, because the cities to be visited are more expensive, so we plan a series of benefit concerts this fall and winter, to help your finances. The more players and chaperones who go on the tour, the cheaper it will be for everyone. Proceeds from the benefit concerts would be shared equally by those playing in them.

It would also be a wonderful boon to have each player start up their own gofund me campaign online. Some of our Lisbon tour players had good success with this method!

Adult chaperones are needed, so please consider going! Airfare will be our own responsibility, as in Portugal trip, so there is flexibility for other touring in Europe after the Concert tour ends.

I hope to hear from you very soon, even if you are just remotely interested!

Mrs. Peterson

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