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Our Mission

WSCO provides community musicians of all ages and abilities with opportunities for performance and growth.

Our Vision

To inspire an enjoyment of music-making through instruction and mentoring in mixed age ensembles culminating in quality group performances.

Our Conductors:

Toni

Toni Reineke, founder and retired conductor, has had two careers in music. After graduating from Central Washington University with her bachelor’s in music education, she taught instrumental music (mostly orchestra) for about 10 years. During that time she returned to Central for a master’s degree in music performance. Later she earned a Ph.D. in Systematic Musicology from the University of Washington, then worked as a freelance editor for 18 years. Toni recently retired from her second music teaching career, having taught instrumental music to fourth- and fifth-grade beginners for Seattle Public Schools for ten years. In the fall of 2002, Toni co-founded the Symphonette with the late Kathleen Hunt. She knows that Kathleen would be proud that the organization has now grown to three orchestras with over 150 members!.

Rachel

Rachel Nesvig is in her second year conducting the Debut Orchestra and is still having a blast! Rachel spends her days teaching orchestra in the Edmonds School District and her evenings playing the violin. She plays with the Tacoma Symphony, Yakima Symphony, Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, and other community groups. In June 2012, Rachel Nesvig returned from a year of teaching the violin, viola and cello in Kenya at a school called the Mount Kenya Academy. Although she has a new love for Kenyan music, she equally enjoys playing classical and Norwegian music, along with pretty much any type of music. She received her BA in Music and Norwegian from St. Olaf College in 2007, and her Masters in Violin Performance from Central Washington University in 2011, along with her K-12 Teaching Certificate. On the rare occasion that she is not doing music, Rachel also enjoys being outdoors, drinking coffee and local IPAs, checking out shows/concerts, and traveling.

Anton

Anton Coleman received his B.A. in Music from Texas A&M University where he was also a member of the nationally famous Fightin' Texas Aggie Band and studied Flute with Penny Zent, Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra's principal flutist. Currently, Anton is a Post-Bacc Music Education major at the University of Washington where he has studied Flute/Flute-Pedagogy with Donna Shin and is a former member of the UW Symphonic/Wind Ensembles under the directions of Tim Salzman and Steve Morrison. Anton works as a woodwind coach in the Northshore School District and Assistant Conductor of the Intermediate Orchestra for West Seattle Community Orchestras. Anton remains an active member of the Seattle Flute Society and the Collegiate National Association for Music Education.

Rob

Rob Duisberg, conductor of the Intermediate Orchestra, has been a composer and music director in Seattle for 30 years. His Doctor of Musical Arts degree is in composition, and he’s composed symphonies, chamber music, choral pieces, an opera, and several musicals. He’s been performed by the likes of the Seattle Symphony, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Civic Light Opera, ACT Theater, Issaquah Village Theatre, and several chamber ensembles. He taught at the UW School of Music for six years, has conducted for numerous orchestras and theatres in town, and is proud to now be affiliated with the West Seattle Community Orchestras.

Kim

Kim Roy, versatile conductor and violist, is a native of Western Washington. Kim is the conductor of the Seattle Rock Orchestra. In this position, she has collaborated with many popular Seattle bands/songwriters, such as talented soul-singer, Allen Stone and popular band, Devotchka. Kim conducts the West Seattle Symphony, is music director of the Snohomish County Music Project, and is currently serving as interim conductor for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. As an enthusiastic educator, Kim directs the orchestra programs at Renton High School and Dimmitt Middle School.
         In addition to conducting, Kim is busy performing as an orchestral violist. She performs with the Yakima Symphony, Northwest Symphony, Seattle Modern Orchestra, and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. Kim earned her Bachelors degree in Viola Performance from Central Washington University in 2007 and her Masters in Orchestral Conducting from Central in 2009. When Kim is not doing something music related, she can be found drinking coffee or walking her German Shorthaired Pointer, Nora.

Kriszti

Kriszti Bunica holds a B.A. in Music Education from Pacific University where she worked as a Teacher-In-Preparation during the inaugural year of the nationally recognized String Project program. In addition to being a candidate for the Masters of Arts in Teaching program at Seattle Pacific University, Kriszti continues her professional development with active membership in both the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). With strong, personal interests in Performing Arts Medicine, her pedagogical philosophy reflects the need for mind-body training (and re-training), therefore focusing on fundamental principles with appropriate approaches for quality musical development. Kriszti wants "to be a part of each student's process towards meeting their goal, to inspire creativity and freedom in musical expression, and to enhance their quality of life!"

Coaches and support:

Daniel

Daniel Mullikin holds a Bachelor's Of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Redlands. He studied the Kodály Pedagogical method and folk music at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. He is a performer, teacher, and collaborator in Seattle and surrounding areas. He is currently working with Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra as a Cello/Bass coach with their SYSO-in-the-schools program, where he assists and works with a number of West Seattle public school music teachers and students. Daniel is a cello coach with West Seattle Community Orchestra's Intermediate Orchestra and Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is the conductor/director of the Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra's String Sinfonietta, an all string chamber ensemble and a member of the North West Symphony Orchestra. Daniel is an accompanist of dance and dance classes at a number of dance studios in the Seattle Area and with the Dance for Parkinson's Disease program. Besides cello, Daniel also plays piano, guitar, mandolin, bass, sitar, sarangi, banjo, and didjeridoo.

Jared

Jared Ballance is a dedicated teacher in many fields. He has studied, performed, and taught extensively on five instruments, is a certified Dalcroze teacher, and music theory teacher. He has performed chamber music with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, was the cellist of the Samford String Quartet, and the Brandywine Trio, and currently performs as a member of the Ballance Duo. He was professor of cello, chamber music, and music theory at Oakwood University and Samford University before moving to Seattle. Dr. Ballance specializes in developing comprehensive musical skills and healthy physical performance techniques on all instruments. Dr. Ballance earned BM and MM degrees in cello at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Richard Aaron and Desmond Hoebig, and a MA in Music Theory Pedagogy and DMA in cello from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Alan Harris. He is a trained Suzuki teacher, having studied Suzuki cello pedagogy with Gilda Barston, Beth Cantrell, Tanya Carey, and Jean Dexter. He currently is the co-director of Ballance Talent Education, on the faculty of the Music Center of the Northwest, and teaches in SYSO's Secondary Orchestral Mentorship Program and SYSO In the Schools Program.

Mariane

Mariane Hermanson, manager and music librarian, jumped at the chance to become the WSCO (then Westside Symphonette) manager in 2006 and is pleased to be working with this great group of musicians. She started playing the French horn in fifth grade and continued into college. After a long break, she started playing again when her children started playing musical instruments. Mariane currently plays the French horn with WSCO, Boeing Employees’ Orchestra of Flight, Rainy Day Brass Quintet, and various theater groups including Twelfth Night Productions.