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Ryan Wagner

brasswinds (Seattle session)

Ryan is an active performer and educator throughout Washington with extensive performance experience in both classical and jazz styles. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University and his Masters in Brass Performance from the University of Washington. Ryan is Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Northwest University, as well as principal trombonist for the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, and the Seattle Rock Orchestra. Since 2000 he has been an active freelance musician in Seattle and throughout the state of Washington performing with groups such as Tacoma Symphony, Tacoma Ballet, Yakima Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Lyric Opera, and Bellevue Philharmonic. He has performed and taught throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. He is a founding member of the Left Coast Brass, Oly Chamber Brass, and the Jazz Resistance. As an educator, he has taught elementary band, given lectures on trombone pedagogy, offers trombone masterclasses and clinics regularly, and maintains a low brass studio. His students have won numerous scholarships and awards.  

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.

Lauren McShane

cello

Lauren McShane is a freelance cellist and teacher in Seattle. She performs regularly with Portland Cello Project, Seattle Rock Orchestra, and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. After graduating from Brown University in 2010, she has embraced bringing classical music and contemporary music together. She has worked with Macklemore, Emily Wells, Laura Gibson, Father John Misty, among others. Lauren teaches a full private cello studio, along with coaching various student ensembles throughout Seattle. Lauren teaches all ages and adheres to a teaching philosophy that is grounded in a positive atmosphere motivated by musical, emotional, and technical growth. 

Michael Lundquist

brasswinds (Kirkland session)

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.

Annie Janzter

guest vocal artist (Kirkland session)

Annie Jantzer is a soul/hip-hop/funk singer/songwriter, flautist and actress from Seattle. She studied classical music and theater at Central Washington University and has worked with many theater companies and bands throughout the Northwest. Current projects include Seattle Rock Orchestra, 45th Street Brass, Badger Pocket, Bucket of Honey, and The Bushwick Book Club. Annie is consistently awed and inspired by the level of talent and discipline found in this region's youth and is excited to be a part of SROSI for the another year!

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