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By: EYSO Administrator  Published: 9/19/2014


Kim Roy imageMusic Director, Conductor: Concert Orchestra, Conductor: Chamber Strings - Kim Roy

Kim Roy is a celebrated conductor, educator, violist, and clinician in the greater Seattle area. She concurrently serves as the Music Director of the Seattle Rock Orchestra and Seattle Rock Orchestra Summer Intensive; West Seattle Symphony; Snohomish County Music Project; and as Associate Conductor of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. This fall, Kim is thrilled to join the Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras as Music Director and Conductor. Praised by musicians for her “clear, no-nonsense” approach to orchestral leadership, Kim brings an overwhelmingly positive atmosphere to rehearsal and an infectious energy to performance.

A passionate leader in music education, Kim served as Director of Orchestras at Renton High School and Dimmit Middle School where she coordinated a side-by-side concert with the Seattle Rock Orchestra. Students regarded this experience as one of the most inspirational and unique in their high school years. Currently, Kim works as a strings specialist in the Seattle Youth Symphony’s outreach program, SYSO In the Schools. In this capacity, Kim has helped to grow orchestra programs at high-risk schools and provide professional string instruction to students in need. Outside of her work with SYSO, Kim implemented the Carnegie Hall Link-Up Program in the Everett and Marysville school districts, providing 4th and 5th graders the unique experience of playing alongside a professional symphony orchestra.

As a guest conductor, Kim has worked with prestigious youth ensembles including Seattle Youth Symphony, Tacoma Youth Symphony, Garfield High School Orchestra, Roosevelt High School Orchestra, Newport Symphony and many more. Kim is a sought after clinician for district orchestra festivals, solo-ensemble contests, and in-class workshops. In 2014, Kim conducted the Edmonds School District High School Honors Orchestra with renowned soloist Alpin Hong. In the same year, Kim was approached by the Seattle School District to give their Middle School Orchestra Festival some pizazz through classical-rock fusion. Kim provided custom arrangements of popular music that catered to the various skill levels of the students and brought a live rhythm section to enhance the experience. Teaching three-hundred middle school string students how to “rock” on their traditionally classical instruments was a highlight of the school year for all involved.

Recognized for her leadership in a variety of musical styles, Kim was named one of the “50 Women Who Rock” by Seattle Weekly for her work with the Seattle Rock Orchestra. With SRO, Kim routinely performs for sold out audiences and has collaborated with artists such as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Allen Stone, Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger, and DeVotchKa. As an in-demand studio conductor, Kim has recorded orchestral tracks for Macklemore’s “The Heist.” Her work with the Snohomish County Music Project has used the rock-orchestra model to raise over $300,000 for various charities. Through the fusion of musical genres and collaboration with other art mediums, Kim hopes to invigorate the classical music scene in the Seattle area and beyond.

Kim is a native of Western Washington and currently lives in West Seattle where she teaches a small private studio of violin, viola, and conducting students. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from Central Washington University in 2007 and her Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Central in 2009. Kim’s non-musical passions include dogs, coffee, and yoga.


Brian Steves imageAssistant Conductor: Concert Orchestra, Conductor: Chamber Winds - 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.


Cheryl Harris image Sonata Strings - Conductor: Cheryl Harris

Cheryl Harris continues the success she began as the conductor of the Prelude Strings Orchestra and music librarian of the organization. She has received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas and a Master of Music from the University of Oregon after studying in Germany. Mrs. Harris taught orchestra in the public schools of Texas and has coached strings in the Edmonds and Mukilteo School Districts. She is the piano accompanist for choirs at Everett's Eisenhower Middle School. As a professional violist, Mrs. Harris performs regularly with the Everett Symphony Orchestra, Quartette Con Brio, Port Gardner Bay Chamber Orchestra, and Northwest Savoyard Orchestra.

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