Prelude Strings - Conductor: Andrea Talley
Andrea Talley earned a Masters (MM) in violin performance from Michigan State University in 2005, and has since completed Suzuki violin training, specializing in teaching young children. Currently, Andrea is a violin instructor at her home studio in Kenmore, and at Foothills Suzuki Institute in Issaquah where she teaches private and group lessons. She also enjoys working as a strings coach at Lakeside School in Seattle, and in high schools in the Northshore school district. Formerly, Andrea was the director/creator of a Suzuki Strings Program in the La Conner School district, and the director of the strings program at Immaculate Conception Regional School in Mt. Vernon, WA.
Everett Intermezzo Symphony - Brian Steves
Brian Steves is starting his fifth season with EYSO. He has served as director of orchestras at Kamiak High School for 15 years. His award winning bands and orchestras have toured extensively in Europe and the United States. An oboist, he's a former member of the Tacoma Youth Symphony, the Everett Symphony, and Philharmonia Northwest. Mr. Steves has always been a big supporter of EYSO and has sent many excellent musicians to us from his groups at Kamiak. Mr. Steves earned a Bachelor of Arts in education from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Arts in music education from the University of Washington. Brian was awarded Outstanding Music educator for the Sno-King Music Educators region in 2008, and In spring of 2010, he was inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of fame.
Music Director - Wesley Schulz
Wesley Schulz, new music director and conductor of the Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras, is also music director and conductor of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Britt Classical Festival. He was most recently assistant conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and a teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin. At the University of Texas, Schulz conducted Mozart′s Bastien und Bastien with the Butler Opera Center, premiered new works by student composers with the New Music Ensemble, and served as music director of the University Orchestra. Under his direction, the University Orchestra grew from thirty-eight musicians to over eighty all the while improving in artistic quality and musicianship.
A fan of the chamber orchestra repertory and collaborative work, Schulz founded the Texas Chamber Group in 2007 to present chamber-sized orchestral works as well as special concert events on a biannual basis to the Austin community. One such program, the Rite of Spring Project, drew a standing-room-only crowd in witness of a discussion panel, dancers, and pianists as well as a full orchestra performance of the ballet score. This performance of Rite of Spring earned Schulz and the ensemble the 2010 American Prize in Orchestral Performance. One judge commented ′astonishingly good and ... extremely impressive in almost every detail.′
A believer in community engagement, Schulz has appeared in many musical events in Austin, Texas. In addition to having led benefit concerts for social causes, he has appeared as guest conductor with the Austin Chamber Music Center, most recently in their screening of the film Der Golum accompanied by a live chamber ensemble. Additionally, Schulz was asked to guest conduct the International Clarinet Associations′ Showcase Concert at ClarinetFest 2010. Held in Austin′s world-class Bass Concert Hall, he lead clarinet virtuosi JosÃ©ranch-Ballester, Sergio Bosi, Philippe Cuper, and Alan Kay in works by Bsoni, Copland, Gabucci, Rossini, and Spohr.
As a guest conductor, Schulz has appeared with the Oregon East Symphony, Powder River Symphony, and the San Francisco All-City Honors String Orchestra.
Schulz has participated in masterclasses and conductor training programs, including the Pierre Monteux School, the Eastman Summer Conducting Institute, and workshops sponsored by the Conductor′s Guild. He has worked with Gustov Meier, Thomas Wilkins, Mark Gibson, Michael Jinbo, Kirk Trevor, Bridget-Michaele Reischl, and Neil Varon. His primary mentors include Gerhardt Zimmermann and Peter Bay.
Schulz graduated magna cum laude with bachelor degrees in percussion performance and music education from Ball State University and doctorate and masters degrees in orchestral conducting from the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of music, he enjoys running marathons.