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Meet our Conductors

By: EYSO Administrator  Published: 8/18/2016


Bobby Collins imageMusic Director, Conductor: Concert Orchestra, Conductor: Chamber Strings - 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.


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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