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Dianne Krouse: Dianne's love for music has her playing lead
alto saxophone in dozens of big bands, combos and professional performance groups
across the Pacific Northwest. She also plays clarinet, guitar, keyboards and is a
lead vocalist. One of her favorite creative pastimes is writing, recording and
arranging music. She is also learning how to play the flute and mandolin.
While attending the University of Washington, she enjoyed playing lead alto
and clarinet in the UW Jazz Ensemble and UW Symphony. (photo by Emily Smith)
Kathy Boone: Kathy has been actively teaching and
performing music since 1979. Primarily a clarinetist she added the saxophone,
flute and bassoon to her woodwind specialties. She completed her BA degree
in Music Education at Seattle Pacific University, with an emphasis on
woodwinds in 1984. Kathy was the Instrumental Director at Bellevue Christian
Schools from 1984 – 1997 where her bands consistently received excellent
and superior ratings. She completed her Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the
University of Washington in 1993. She has performed with the Broadway
Symphony (Orchestra Seattle), the Seattle Philharmonic, and the Bellevue
Philharmonic. She currently performs as a free-lance musician in the Pacific Northwest.
From 1997 – present she has developed a very successful private studio
teaching clarinet, flute, saxophone and guitar. She is also Adjunct
Music Faculty at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. With a love for all styles of music and a special interest in Jazz,
she was excited to be asked to join the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra in 2010.
"Performing with SWOJO affords me the opportunity to play jazz on the woodwind
instruments I have studied over the years.” (photo by Jim Levitt)
Kate Olson: Kate has recently joined SWOJO, her biography
will be available soon! (photo by Jim Levitt)
Jenny Ziefel: Jenny has been a professional clarinetist and saxophonist in the
Pacific Northwest for over 11 years. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from
the University of Washington in 2002, and her Master of Arts degree from the University of
Northern Colorado in 1996. Jenny is a jazz scholar and has written a book on the clarinet
in jazz in the 1950's and 1960's. She teaches a large private studio of saxophone, clarinet,
and bass clarinet students, and has taught in the public schools as a clinician, woodwinds
teacher, and as a solo and ensemble adjudicator. In addition, Jenny has been a performing
member of the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra for several years and plays frequently in
dance bands and pit orchestras in the Puget Sound area. Jenny's love of music in all its
forms has spanned her entire lifetime and has ranged from a fascination with jazz to
performing classical music on antique and period instruments to avant-garde performances
of works by local composers.
Ann Babb-Nordling: Ann has been a member of Seattle's
hardest working swing band, The Portage Bay Big Band, with her husband Todd Nordling
since 1996, and has also played in many other big band groups in the Seattle
area, such as: Tuxedo Junction, Friendly Fire, the Fairly Honest Jazz Band,
Mach One, the Spokane Jazz Society, Fred Radke’s Day and Night bands at North
Seattle Community College, and many others. Ann has a BA in Communications from the University
of Washington, and has been fortunate enough to have had studied music and saxophone under
the tutelage of Cynthia Mullis, Jan Jessen, Don Lanphere, and most recently,
Jim DeJoie. Ann is also a Managing Broker with Chuck Cady and Associates
at RE/MAX Northwest Realtors and is one of the original and continuing
sponsors of the Ballard Jazz Festival. She also sponsors Ponyboy Record’s
Annual Jazz Picnic and most recently the North City Jazz Walk.
She is a busy mother of Stephanie Babb, a freshman at Western
Washington University, and Lucy Nordling, 18 months. (photo by Jim Levitt)
Marge Rosen: Marge has been playing trumpet for over 25 years, both in
classical and jazz genres. She has enjoyed performing on stage at
Carnegie Hall and Benaroya Hall. A previous member of the
United States Navy Band, she has performed for the President of the United States, numerous
foreign dignitaries, and at the 1994 World Cup. She earned a masters degree
in music education from Ithaca College in New York. Marge is an original member of SWOJO and its current Executive Director (2011 - present).
Debbie Meyer Snook: Debbie joined the SWOJO trumpet
section in 2008. A graduate of Scott Brown’s Roosevelt Jazz program,
she attended the University of Washington, where she studied trumpet
with Roy Cummings and Timothy Salzman. She earned Bachelor degrees in
both Music and Music Education from the University of Washington.
Debbie recently received her Master of Arts in Education degree from
Antioch University Seattle, where she specialized in Mariachi Education.
She taught instrumental, choral and general music at Chief Sealth
International High School in West Seattle from 1999-2011.
She now is a full-time mom in addition to teaching piano lessons
in her private studio. Debbie also enjoys playing cornet in
PugetBrass, a Seattle-based British-style brass band.
Kristen Rassmusen: Kristen has recently joined SWOJO, her biography will be available soon! (photo Jim Levitt)
Robin Stangland: Robin currently performs professionally on French horn with the Starry Night Orchestra, Skagit Chorale, Northwest Chorale, and Sno-King Chorale. She is a new member of the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra as she has recently dusted off the trumpet and started learning how to play jazz. Her jazz teachers have been Steve Ross, Greg Metcalf, Dave Stangland, and Jake Bergevin.
She performed with The Portland Opera Orchestra for 7 years, and also has played with Philharmonia Northwest and Rainier Chamber Winds. She studied horn performance at Indiana University and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Willamette University. Robin has taught band and general music in the Salem Public Schools, Hillsboro School District (Oregon), the Everett School District, and has been the director of the Seattle Area Homeschool Bands since 1993. Her bands have consistently received excellent and superior ratings at band festivals. She is the French horn coach for the Cascade Youth Symphony and brass and percussion coach at the Mount Baker Youth Symphony Summer Sounds Camp. She is music director at Madison Community Church where she leads worship, sings and plays guitar, bass, and drums. (photo credit Rebecca Calvo)
Carolyn Caster: Carolyn is an active trombonist in the Seattle big band scene and
has performed with the ConEd Art Ensemble, Brian Kirk's
Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Police, Jay Thomas' Friendly Fire, Kings of Swing, Route 66, Portage Bay Big Band,
Issaquah Jazz Orchestra, and others.
She studied music and computer science at the
University of Idaho, and has studied trombone with Jeff Hay and Dave Keim. Carolyn is an original member of
SWOJO and served as our Executive Director from 2004 - 2010.
Naomi Siegel: Naomi Siegel began playing trombone at age 10,
and has been fascinated by the sounds she can produce with the instrument ever since.
A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Naomi has been an active performer and music educator
in the Seattle area since 2008. She regularly performs with Thione Diop, Picoso and
other latin, world and experimental groups. Naomi teaches private trombone
lessons as well as group classes and ensembles. (photo by Jim Levitt)
Sue Bartels: Sue has a background in music education and band instrument repair.
Her primary instrument has been euphonium, with tuba being added during her
mid-life crisis. She has played both instruments in community bands and small
groups across the country. Sue is passionate about tuba quartet music and helped
start “The Tuba 4’s”. This is her first jazz trombone experience. (photo by Jim Levitt)
Audrey Stangland: Bass Trombone, vocalist Audrey attends Snohomish High School where she plays in Wind Ensemble, Jazz 1, Panther band, and sings in the Crimson Singers Jazz Choir. She also plays in the Shoreline Community College Jazz Band. She was the only girl in the All Northwest Jazz Band in 2011. She received the Most Outstanding Musicianship Award at the Northshore Jazz Festival in 2010. In 2011 she was a finalist for the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra Concerto competition. Audrey played in the Cascade Youth Symphony for 2 years, and has played professionally with the Starry Night Chamber Orchestra, Skagit Chorale, and Northwest Chorale. She loves to sing and play guitar. She studies trombone with Chuck Wiese. Audrey is planning on majoring in music education next year. (photo by Jim Levitt)
Other outstanding trombonists regularly appearing with SWOJO include Jenny Kellogg,
Melissa Paulson, and others.
Ann Reynolds: A composer as well as a
player, Ann(-ita) has been a member of the NW jazz and latin musical
communities for several years. After her first trip to Cuba in 2000,
she became addicted to Cuban music and dance. The Cuban influence
is felt both in her playing and her musical compositions. Ann
leads two latin groups in Seattle –
She facilitated a Cuban rhythm section workshop in Mexico,
teaches Cuban music classes for dancers, and teaches piano
in Seattle. Ann studied with Jerome Gray and Randy Halberstadt
in Seattle and with Andres Alen and Dayramir Gonzalez in Cuba. (photo by Jim Levitt)
Morgan hails from Seattle and has been playing drums for 13 years. She began playing drums her Sophomore year of High School and received a scholarship to attend Central Washington University's renowned Jazz Program. In her years of playing, she has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many greats, some of which include Benny Green, Terell Stafford, Dawn Clement, Christoph Luty, Tamir Hendelman and Ingrid Jensen. Morgan has studied with some of the great drummers of our time, Jeff Hamilton, Jon Wikan, Matt Wilson, Garey Williams, Gary Hobbs, and Davy Nefos just to name a few. In the greater Seattle area she has played at prestigious clubs and events in groups such as The Jay Thomas Big Band, The NW Gospel Big Band, and The Jazz Pearls Quartet. Her most recent project is the "Morgan G Funkay Quartet" and you can see them play every Friday at Holy Grounds Coffee House on Crown hill, where Morgan also works as a Barista. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her large family, brewing coffee, and playing with her Italian Greyhound puppy Kuya. She also enjoys astronomy and hopes that one day she will have a constellation named after her.
Rachael Contorer: Rachael has been an
in-demand bassist in Seattle for over ten years, playing with nearly
every jazz orchestra in town at some point (Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra,
Roadside Attraction, Smith-Staelens Big Band, Portage Bay Big Band,
Kings of Swing, and many others), accompanying singers, and backing
up many talented musicians in a wide array of settings. In recent
years she has been bassist of choice for outstanding singers Troy
Kline, Mark Haynie, and Sue Bell, with whom she recorded 2010's
Upon the Highest Bough, a collection of Christmas and seasonal music.
She has also performed for several years with Ostgard & Allen,
a classical guitar and woodwind duo that performs original music,
and appears on their Tidings of Comfort and Joy, also recorded in
2010. For the past several years she has played with the Music
Works Jazz Orchestra, a band devoted to promoting modern large-ensemble
music. The MWJO has been a fixture at the Bellevue Jazz Festival in
recent years, and was the house band for the 2010 Frank DeMiero
Jazz Festival, backing Sara Gazarek among other national performers.
And of course she devotes a great deal of time to SWOJO, promoting
female musicians and composers, and high-quality large-ensemble music
Dr. Daniel Barry: Dr. Daniel Barry is an
accomplished composer, conductor and trumpet player. His music falls
primarily into the jazz category, but integrates elements garnered from
advanced classical music studies along with residency and festival
performances throughout the world, in particular Brazil and Peru.
Daniel recently was honored with a Fulbright Scholarship and will
serve as Composer-In-Residence at the Univeridade Estadual de Campinas,
Brazil in 2012.
Daniel lives in Seattle, Washington where he writes for and performs
regularly with his chamber music group Walk All Ways, the Jim Cutler
Jazz Orchestra, and the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra, which he also
directs. Daniel has two recently released recording projects:
Walk All Ways, Origin Records, and Music of the Spheres, Origin
Dr. Barry is the owner of Marina Music Service and Daniel Barry
Publications, and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Music Composition from
the University of California at Santa Barbara.