Photo of Grant Donnellan as Mr. Beethoven standing in front of a group of seated children.

Beethoven in the Schools

The Festival offers classes taught by “Mr. Beethoven” himself to our local third grade elementary students. Grant Donnellan, Professor of music at WWU and violinist in the Festival Orchestra, fills the very large shoes of Mr. Beethoven with his violin in hand and in full costume, both teaching and introducing classical music to our local third graders. After a two-year hiatus, Mr. Beethoven was allowed to reenter our schools in May of 2022 and returned this spring.