Beethoven in the Schools

The Festival, in collaboration with the Whatcom Symphony, offers classes taught by “Mr. Beethoven” himself to our local elementary students. Conceived by the first “Mr. Beethoven,” Bill Ryberg, and carried on in recent years by Grant Donnellan, Concertmaster of the Whatcom Symphony and violinist in the Festival Orchestra, the program brings the costumed “composer” to third grade classrooms for teaching and entertaining.