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Scott Teske

artistic director & founder

double bass

Scott Teske founded Seattle Rock Orchestra in 2008.  Prior to working on SRO full time, Scott worked for 8 years as a double bass specialist for the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Tacoma & Icicle Creek Youth Symphonies, Holy Names Academy and a dozen or so local middle & high schools.  As an administrator, Scott coordinated the Seattle Youth Symphony's summer camp for two years and their education programs for three years. In 2012 Scott was honored to hear the Seattle Symphony perform three of his compositions in Benaroya Hall as part of their Sonic Evolution series, and is beyond excited to again contribute orchestrations in 2015 which will be performed by members of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden & Guns'n'Roses.  He graduated from the University of Washington School of Music with a B.M. in Classical Double Bass Performance. Scott is passionate about keeping the study and performance of orchestral instruments alive and thriving. 

Kim Roy

music director & conductor

Kim Roy, versatile conductor and violist, is a native of Western Washington. Kim is the Music Director of Seattle Rock Orchestra, , Snohomish County Music Project, and is Associate Conductor of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. As an enthusiastic educator, Kim has directed orchestra programs at Renton High School and Dimmitt Middle School and currently serves as Director of Orchestras at Garfield High School. Kim earned her Bachelors degree in Viola Performance from Central Washington University in 2007 and her Masters in Orchestral Conducting from Central in 2009. Through inspired classical performances and the fusion of the rock and classical genres, Kim brings a high level of energy and excitement to the Seattle orchestral music scene.

Begin Scarseth

violin

Begin Scarseth is a born and raised pacific northwest musician.  She has studied with some of Seattle's finest teachers including Gennady Filimonov and Walter Schwede, was a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras for over ten years and attended the Marrowstone Music Festival in Port Townsend and MasterWorks Festival in New York.  She received a Bachelor of Musical Arts from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA in 2004 and has been teaching and performing ever since.  Her current jobs include being Concertmaster of the Seattle Rock Orchestra, member of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, member of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, in school string coach in ten different Seattle Public Schools and private teacher at Off the Wall School of Music in Wallingford.  In her spare time Ms. Scarseth enjoys spending time with her two young daughters, dancing and reading poetry.

Rachel Nesvig

violin

Rachel has been playing in SRO since 2013 and absolutely loves it!  Being in SRO feeds all the things she enjoys, like making music with friends, dancing on stage and playing awesome music...all at the same time! She is also an active freelancer in Seattle, specializing in classical, Norwegian folk and, thanks to SRO, rock and pop music.  She currently plays in Symphony Tacoma, Yakima Symphony, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra and other various chamber groups and recording sessions.  One of her favorite things about SRO is that she gets to share the stage with her close friend from high school, conductor Kim Roy. Let's make great music and have a blast!

Alex Guy

viola

Alex Guy is a violist, violinist, singer, and composer who often plays under the name Led to Sea, merging classical, pop and experimental worlds. She has toured as a string player and solo act throughout the U.S. and Europe with musicians such as Mirah, Laura Veirs, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Jason Webley. Alex has also composed for numerous theater, dance and music groups in Seattle, including the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Strawberry Theater Workshop, Bushwick Book Club, and Seattle Rock Orchestra. (She has also been known to run away to New Mexico and write music for the circus, but that’s another story....) 

Kate Olson

woodwinds

Kate Olson is an improvising saxophonist and woodwind teacher based in Seattle, WA. Since moving to Seattle in 2010, she has done her best to infiltrate the local, regional and international improvised music scenes. She can be heard performing with her own projects Syrinx Effect, KO SOLO, and the KO Ensemble and as a collaborator with Ask the Ages, Only Trio, Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble (led by Wayne Horvitz), the Seattle Jazz Composer's Ensemble and multiple other groups. Kate has a BA in Music (Jazz Emphasis) from the University of Wyoming and an MM in Improvisation from the University of Michigan. In 2011 and 2013, Kate was nominated for the Earshot Golden Ear Award in the Emerging Artist category. Kate’s musical goals include expanding the educated audience base for improvised music and creating performance situations that facilitate opportunities for improvisers to network and advance their careers in the field.

www.kateplayssax.com

Michael Lundquist

brasswinds

Michael Lundquist is the Director of Bands at Kirkland Middle School where he instructs elementary and middle school bands, and guitar class. He is a graduate of Central Washington University, with a Bachelor's in Music Education. In 2011 he completed his Master's Degree in Conducting through the American Band College of Sam Huston State University. In addition to his regular school duties, Michael instructed the Kamiak High School Show Band from 2005-2012, and from 2007 through 2008 he was on the brass staff of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. Michael also teaches private lessons on brass instruments, and was a founding member of the Seattle Sounders FC "Sound Wave" Band. He can be heard playing with various groups throughout the Seattle Area, including Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Seattle Wind Symphony, the Eastside Modern Jazz Orchestra, and sitting in with some of Seattle's big band jazz groups.

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