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By: Editor  Published: 8/9/2014


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.


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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