Frequently Asked Questions
How do I buy tickets?
Tickets can be purchased online, by calling our office (509-529-8020) or by visiting us at 13 ½ East Main Street, Suite #201, Walla Walla, WA. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, beginning one hour before performance time (subject to availability).
Are there group discounts?
Yes! Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available for most concerts. Call our office at
(509) 529-8020 for details.
What should I wear?
Please dress comfortably - we want you to enjoy the music! When you attend a concert, you’ll see all styles of clothing, from formal attire to jeans. Some people enjoy dressing up and making it a festive night, and others dress more casually.
Where are the concerts? Where do I park?
Most concerts are in Cordiner Hall (46 S Park St) on the Whitman College campus. There is free parking along Park St., Boyer Ave., and Baker St., as well as other adjacent streets and in Whitman College parking lots. Please do not park in the loading zone in front of Cordiner Hall, which is reserved for dropping off and picking up people with disabilities. Note that parking will be more challenging if there is another Whitman event scheduled during the same time period (the Whitman College Events Calendar is here). For events that are hosted elsewhere, see the event pages for location details, including a link to a map of the location.
What provisions are made for people with disabilities?
The loading zone in front of Cordiner Hall is kept clear for drop off and pick up. The entrance and concert hall are accessible to people with disabilities, although there is no elevator to the balcony. If you need assistance, please call (509) 529-8020 for arrangements.
When should I arrive? What if I’m late? What if I need to leave early?
Try to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the concert, adding extra time to allow for parking. For regular symphony concerts (not special events), there is a pre-concert talk that starts shortly after the doors open (usually 6:00pm) and lasts for 20-30 minutes. If you are late for the concert, ushers will guide you to your seat at a break in the music. If you wish to leave before the end of the concert, please do so between musical pieces in order not to disturb others.
How long is a concert?
Most concerts are about 2 hours, including a 20 minute intermission. Some concerts, including the Family Concert, last about one hour with no intermission.
Will I enjoy the concert? Will I recognize the music?
Music expresses a full range of human emotion and has a way of reaching all of us. You’ll likely recognize some of the music. We perform many types of music, not just classical: jazz, opera, show tunes, and international styles. You might recognize melodies from movies, television and advertising.
Do I need to learn about the music being played before the concert?
The music at our concerts can be enjoyed without learning more in advance. If you do want to learn more, here are some ways:
the pre-concert talk shortly after doors open (usually 6:00pm) in Cordiner Hall lobby
program notes, available free at the concert
concert pages on our website
by following us on Facebook
What can I do before/after the concert?
Cordiner Hall is close to downtown Walla Walla where there are restaurants, tasting rooms and retail stores. There is also another dining option - Cleveland Commons on the Whitman College campus.
Can I buy food or drink at the performance?
Sweet treats and wine are available for purchase before the concert and during intermission, with proceeds directly benefiting the Symphony.
Can I use my cell phone? Can I take pictures or video or record the concert?
Please silence cell phones and alarms before the performance begins out of consideration for the performers and fellow attendees. We ask that you not text, take pictures, or make video or audio recordings in the concert hall. We encourage you to be present and enjoy the music!
When should I clap?
We welcome your enthusiastic reaction to our performances! The usual custom is to wait until the entire piece is over before clapping, but sometimes it’s difficult to tell. Many pieces of classical music have multiple movements, each movement separated from the next by a pause. If you are unsure, you can wait until other audience members begin applauding.
Can I bring my kids and grandkids?
We encourage people of all ages to attend the Symphony as sharing music with the community is our primary goal. A ticket is required for children ages 3 and older, but for all kids under 18 the ticket price is either $5 or $10. The Walla Walla Symphony also presents an annual Free Family Concert designed especially for families and young children.
What if I can’t attend the concert after I’ve purchased my ticket?
If you cannot attend a concert, call us at (509) 529-8020 by 2:00pm on concert day to release your seat for resale. A receipt acknowledging the value of your tickets will be issued; you may receive a full tax deduction.
How do I make a donation?
Donations can be made using the donation form on our website, by calling the office (509-529-8020) or by visiting the office (13 ½ East Main Street, Suite #201, Walla Walla WA).
How do I learn more?
Connect with the Walla Walla Symphony on Facebook and Instagram to learn about the Symphony’s various concerts and events. You can also sign up to receive email notifications. For other questions, call our office (509-529-8020) or visit us at 13 ½ East Main Street, Suite #201, Walla Walla WA.