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Meet Our Coaches

By: Editor  Published: 4/17/2013


Coach Coordinator, Violin Coach - Marcus Talley

Marcus Talley has an array of teaching experience, having held teaching positions at Interlochen Arts Camp, Seminar Music Camp, and the Suzuki Institute of Seattle. Since completing his DMA in 2006, Marcus has become an active part of music education in the area. He is currently adjunct faculty at Seattle University and a violin coach and coach coordinator for the Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras. He maintains private studios in Kenmore and Issaquah and works with string programs in the Northshore school district. In recent history Marcus has been the director of the Eastside of the chamber music program for the Seattle Conservatory of Music, a chamber music coach for the Westside program, and a member of the Bellevue Philharmonic.

Mr. Talley holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in violin performance from Michigan State University, a Masters (MM) in violin performance from Western Michigan University and a Bachelors (BM) in violin performance from Western Washington University. His principal teachers include Charles Avsharian, Renata Knific, David Updegraff, Walter Schwede, and Celia Weiss-Nicks.



Bass Coach - Bryan Kolk

Bryan Kolk image Bryan Kolk is a bassist and orchestra teacher from Michigan. He received both his Bachelors in Music Education and Masters in Bass Performance from the University of Michigan. During his time there he debuted as guest soloist with the Troy High Orchestra alongside Daniel Bernard Roumain and premiered Joshua Bornfield’s quintet simplificulticity on his Masters recital, a work that went on to win Peabody’s Delillo Composition Award. He currently performs as principal of the Thalia Symphony Orchestra and associate-principal of the Washington-Idaho Symphony; coaches extensively with the Seattle and Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras; and teaches orchestra in the Edmonds and Lake Washington School Districts. He is also Coordinator of the Marrowstone Summer Music Festival in Bellingham, WA.


Low Brass Coach - Chuck Wiese

Chuck Wiese image Chuck Wiese (trombone) is a freelance musician, private brass instructor and clinician. He has degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno (BME) and Indiana University (MM). Chuck is currently a member of the Everett Philharmonic, Brass Reflections (brass quintet), Roadside Attraction (big band), and the Smith Staelens Big Band. Other local ensembles he has performed with include the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, Village Theatre, Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra. Chuck has performed with the Four Tops, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and has toured nationally with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.


Viola Coach - Jonathan Graber

Jonathan Graber image Jonathan Graber has appeared as violin or viola soloist, chamber musician, orchestral Concertmaster, and conductor throughout the United States as well as in Austria, France, and Honduras. In 2008-09, he worked as a Fulbright Scholar as a Visiting Professor at the National Autonomous University of Honduras. While in Honduras, he served as Visiting Concertmaster and appeared as soloist with that countryʼs national symphony.

Locally, Jonathan has served as Concertmaster of the Northwest, Olympia, Rainierand Thalia Symphonies, substitute player with the Seattle Symphony, and Music Director and Conductor of the Vashon-Maury Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Turtle Bluff Chamber Orchestra, and the Capitol Area Junior Youth Symphony and has served on the conducting staff of the Bellevue-Eastside Youth Symphony and the coaching staff of the Cascade, Seattle, and Tacoma Youth Symphonies.

He holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Washington.


Flute Coach - Marilyn Swanson

Marilyn Swanson image Marilyn Swanson is a professional flutist from the South Everett area. She delights in watching her private students excel in her home studio and also enjoys playing in the community with Celestrio (a flute/harp/cello trio), the Pacific Rim Flutes (a flute quartet), and other small ensembles. Marilyn is principal flutist in the orchestra at Alderwood Community Church where she is a member and finds joy in honoring God with the music He has given her.


Percussion Coach - Matt Drumm

Matt Drumm image Matt Drumm began playing drums and percussion at age nine. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2000 with a degree in Percussion Performance, studying primarily with Michael Crusoe of the Seattle Symphony. Matt has served as Principal Timpanist of Tacoma Symphony since 1999, Philharmonia Northwest since 1998, Bellevue Philharmonic (2001-2011) and Cascade Festival of Music (2006-07).

Matt is in demand as a freelance timpanist and percussionist, frequently performing with Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Sinfonietta and more. He also plays with the Route 66 big band, chamber ensembles, musical theater, soundtracks for movies and video games, as well as the worship team at his church. He has taught percussion lessons for over 20 years and coaches percussion for schools, youth symphonies and summer festivals. In 2004, Matt performed the Thärichen Timpani Concerto with Philharmonia Northwest and earlier this year premiered Gregory Youtz’s Duo Percussion Concerto with Tacoma Symphony.


Clarinet Coach - Deborah Colyn

Deborah Colyn image EYSO's clarinet coach Deborah Colyn grew up in Lynnwood, WA and graduated from Lynnwood HS. She has a BM in clarinet performance from the University of Washington and a MM in clarinet performance from Michigan State University. While in Michigan she taught at the Flint School of Performing Arts. She performs professionally throughout Puget Sound as a studio musician and member of various orchestras, chamber groups, and pit orchestras, and in solo recitals and concerti with local orchestras. Her performance experience covers all styles of music and all members of the clarinet family. She coaches for the Cascade Youth Symphony, Everett Youth Symphony, and the Northshore, Everett, and Mukilteo school districts, and also maintains a private clarinet studio out of her home. Deborah is devoted to her students which range from beginner to college level and consistently earn top honors at the local and state level.


Bassoon Coach - Steven Morgan

Steven Morgan image His freshman year in high school, Steven Morgan failed to sell enough candy bars to go on tour with the orchestra. Consequently, his conductor kicked him out of the clarinet section and only allowed to play in the year's final concert if he agreed to play bassoon. Steven acquiesced and hasn't put the instrument down since. Steven went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Redlands and completed a study-abroad semester at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Steven then earned a Masters of Music in Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was a Gluck Fellow. While at UCLA, he was also a member of the American Youth Symphony and Young Musician Foundation's Debut Orchestra. Additionally, he taught private lessons and double-reed pedagogy at California State University, Long Beach. Presently, Steven is the principal bassoonist of the Everett, Federal Way, and Yakima Symphony Orchestras. He also freelances extensively with numerous ensembles in Washington, most notably the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.


Cello Coach - Briana Lamb

Briana Knull image Briana Lamb has been playing and teaching cello in the Puget Sound area for over 20 years, having grown up playing principal cellist in the Seattle and Cascade Youth Symphonies and placing 2nd in the 1993 Washington State Solo competition as a sophomore in high school. She graduated from the Northwest School as principal cellist of the Northwest School Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Paul -Elliot Cobbs. After attending conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio, she returned to the Seattle area and has had a private cello studio ever since. She has played in many of the local orchestras, including the Everett Philharmonic, Philharmonia Northwest, Cascade Symphony, Saratoga Chamber Orchestra, Pacifica Chamber Orchestra, and Yakima Symphony. She has served on the coaching staff of the Cascade and Everett Youth Symphonies and assisted with string programs in the Northshore and Shoreline School Districts.

Briana holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in cello performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Some of her cello teacher's have included Peter Rejto, Rajan Krishnaswami, John Michel, Craig Weaver and Ray Davis. She has also played in Master Classes for Eleonore Schoenfeld, Anner Bylsma, Nathaniel Rosen and Mark Summer of the Turtle Island String Quartet.

Briana's teaching draws partially upon extensive work with Joanne Erwin in violin and cello pedagogy, culminating in a 3 month visit to Panama and the Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua in Panama City teaching all string instruments to young Panamanians who otherwise would not have the opportunity to study privately with a teacher.


Prelude Assistant - Lindsay Parkhurst

Lindsay Parkhurst image Lindsay has been playing violin for over a decade now and has enjoyed every moment. While she may not have gone into music professionally, it has always been a lifelong passion and hobby. Lindsay spent most of her time in high school engaged in pit orchestras, chamber groups, and youth orchestras, as well as spending a lot of time coaching with the middle and grade school levels. As part of Lindsay’s culminating senior project, she organized a chamber group concert with groups she spent the year coaching. She was the concert master of the Cascade Junior Youth Symphony in the 2004-2005 season, and received the Conductors Award her senior year at Shorecrest High School.

Lindsay spent her life after high school attending Everett Community College and received her Associates in Cosmetology. She currently works at Essence Salon in the North Seattle area. She continues to work with the Prelude orchestra, hoping to show the children that same love of music that she gained so early on. She hopes to go back to school in the future for a more professional education in music.

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