About Us

Alexei Girsh, our conductor 

In 1991, Alexei Girsh came to Redmond from Russia, where he was born and educated, attaining his Bachelor’s Degree at the Glinka Conservatory in Novosibirsk and a Master’s Degree-Conductor of Symphony and Opera-from the Mussorgsky Conservatory in Ekaterinburg. Included in his portfolio are a number of published arrangements and recordings. He was highly acclaimed as principal conductor of the Radio-Television Symphony of Vladivostok, Music Director of the St. Petersburg Youth Symphony and a professor at the Institute of the Arts in St. Petersburg. Since moving to the United States, he has been Music Director of the Washington Wind Symphony (Redmond, 1993-96), the Youth Philharmonic Northwest (Redmond, 1994-96), the Bellevue Ballet Orchestra (1996-99), and currently the Eastside Symphony (Redmond, 1992-present.) He is also Music Director of the Renton Youth Symphony orchestra and conductor of the Boeing Concert Band. In 2000 he was honored with the city of Redmond’s Patron of the Arts Award. He also founded the Concert Opera of Seattle where he is Artistic and Music Director.

Linda Vogt, our concertmaster 

Linda attended Seattle Pacific University after studying violin under the renowned violinist and teacher, Emanuel Zetlin. Linda also studied voice in college after finding herself drawn to contemporary music. She embarked on a professional singing and violin career for 7 years in local nightclubs, and during that time she experimented with jazz, country, and rock improvisation. She also won several local fiddle contests. She has since returned to her classical roots with vigor, serving as Concertmaster of the Eastside Symphony and as a violinist with Philharmonia NW and Octava Chamber Orchestra. She has also been the featured vocal soloist with the Rainier Symphony and a featured violin soloist with the Eastside Symphony. In addition to teaching for the LWSD Plateau Orchestra Program and teaching privately, Linda performs with several quartets, freelances, and plays in a contemporary rock/folk group with her husband, Bob. They are the proud parents of two sons, Ryan, who is currently attending college after serving in the Marine Corps, and Chris, who is attending Bellevue College.

Our members 

We are enthusiastic musicians who want to play the standard classical repertoire in a relaxed and supportive environment. While we vary in our skills and our time to invest in our playing, we share a common love of classical music and welcome like-minded musicians to our ranks.

Join us 

If you are interested in joining the Eastside Symphony, please e-mail us at eastsidesymphony@gmail.com, including your full name, instrument, and a bit about your playing background. We do not audition, and string players are generally welcome at any time (especially low strings). However, we only add woodwind and brass players as needed. While we do welcome mature high school students, players under 16 may be asked to audition and/or play a trial concert to determine if their orchestral skills are strong enough for an adult orchestra.