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Meet our Conductors

By: EYSO Administrator  Published: 9/19/2016


Bobby Collins imageMusic Director, Conductor: Concert Orchestra, Conductor: Chamber Winds - Bobby Collins

Bobby Collins started teaching Band, Orchestra and Choir at ICS in 2015. He has conducted a variety of ensembles including symphony, chamber, and pit orchestras, as well as contemporary music ensembles ranging from beginning to professional level. He currently serves as Music Director and Co-Founder of The Sound Ensemble. He has conducted, in performance, groups such as Rainier Symphony, Cascade Symphony, Thalia Symphony, and Inverted Space Ensemble.

While pursuing a masters’ degree in orchestral conducting at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) he founded Northern Ohio Chamber Orchestra (NOCO), an independent community orchestra, and served as Assistant Conductor for the BGSU orchestra program. He is uniquely gifted at programming music that is accessible and enjoyable for the whole community, while still challenging and developing the ensemble. In Summer 2013 he made his international debut in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he conducted the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic as a Prize Winner of the Fifth International Masterclass in Orchestral Conducting.

Before attending BGSU, Robert taught music in the Seattle area, and served as the Horn Coach and Cover Conductor for Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras. For the two years prior to this, he worked as the Assistant Conductor of the Kittitas Valley Youth Orchestra. Robert has also appeared in concert with orchestras such as Yakima Symphony Chamber Orchestra, International Conducting Workshop and Competition Orchestra, Leavenworth Summer Theater’s Sound of Music pit orchestra, the BGSU Philharmonia, Chamber Orchestra, and New Music Ensemble as well as Central Washington University Symphony Orchestra.


Monica Camp imageAssistant Conductor: Concert Orchestra, Conductor: Chamber Strings - Monica Camp

Monica Camp is the Director of Orchestras and Choirs at Heatherwood Middle School in Mill Creek, WA. She earned her Master's Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Central Washington University (CWU), after pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Cello Performance at Gonzaga University (GU). Monica received her Suzuki training from the Japan-Seattle Suzuki institute, and from the Intermountain Suzuki Strings Institute.

Mrs. Camp's experiences as the Director of Orchestras at Excel Public Charter School, the Director of the Kittitas Valley Youth Orchestra, and the Program Director of the Preparatory Strings Program in Ellensburg, Washington gave her a passion for strings education program development. She was a graduate conducting assistant with the CWU Symphony Orchestra, the assistant strings teacher at Gonzaga Preparatory High School, and has also assisted in the strings programs in Mercer Island School District (grades 5-12), Kennewick High School, and Pacific Cascade Middle School. Her private studio has included cello, violin, piano, and music theory students from age three to adults. An active performer, Mrs. Camp was the Principal Cellist of the GU Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra, the GU Chamber Choir, and the CWU Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. She has soloed with the GU Symphony Orchestra, and has presented multiple solo cello recitals.

Mrs. Camp lives in Bothell with her husband and their new Portuguese Water Dog puppy, Kona, who loves listening to classical music during puppy naptime!


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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