Soloists from the 2015-2016 Season...

Annie Pham, violin – October 2015

Annie Pham, age 16, is a junior at Newport High School in Bellevue. Annie began her violin studies at age 2 with Suzuki teacher Mihoko Hirata and subsequently with Margaret Pressley as a Dorothy Starling Scholar. For the past 6 years, she has been studying with Leonid Keylin. In addition, Annie had the opportunity to study with Professor Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music in London, UK, during the summer of 2014, and with Professor Mikhail Gantvarg this past summer.

Annie has soloed with the Seattle Festival Orchestra, the Federal Way Symphony Orchestra, the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra as a prizewinner of its 2014 National Young Artists Competition, and with the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra as the 2015 Winner of its Student Concerto Competition. She was a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra for 7 years where she served as Concertmaster of its Symphonette and Junior Orchestras.

When not in school or playing the violin, Annie volunteers in the ZooCorps at the Seattle Woodland Park Zoo, and enjoys reading, traveling, photography and sight-reading sonatas with her pianist sister. She is also an avid Harry Potter fan.

Evan Johanson, violin – March 2016

Evan Johanson, age 16, is a junior at Roosevelt High School in Seattle and currently studies violin with Simon James. His past teachers include Sanja Futterman, Walter Schwede, Margaret Pressley, Jan Mark Sloman, and he has participated in master classes with additional teachers Robert Lipsett, Mimi Zweig, Cornelia Heard, William Preucil, Grigory Kalinovsky, Danielle Belen, Steven Rochen, Gerardo Riberio, and Dr. Ann Sezter.

Evan has soloed with the Seattle Festival Orchestra, Eastside Symphony, and Philharmonia Northwest, and this coming season he will perform with the Seattle Youth Symphony and Seattle Symphony. He has served as Concertmaster of the Seattle Youth Symphony and the 2015 All-Northwest Orchestra, and has won awards at State Solo and Ensemble Contest, SMTA’s Simon-Fiset String Competition, MTNA’s Washington State String Competition, Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside Competition (Grand Prize Winner), Seattle Young Artist Music Festival Competition, Seattle Symphony Young Artist Competition, and KING-FM Young Artist Competition. Evan was also a five-year recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Violin Scholarship, and he has represented Roosevelt High School at Central Washington University’s Orchestra Leadership Workshop.

Evan's summer studies have included Interlochen Center for the Arts, Meadowmount School of Music, and Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival. This summer he was part of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, which performed at Carnegie Hall and in a seven-city concert tour of China.

Lisa Hedley, piccolo – May 2016

Lisa Hedley teaches private flute lessons and currently plays with the Eastside Symphony, the Elle Flute Trio, and the Emerald Wind Quintet. She also frequently performs at her church. Lisa has been a soloist several times with the Eastside Symphony, having performed works by Stamitz, Mozart, and Chaminade, as well as having commissioned and premiered "Three Philosophies" by Catherine McMichael for solo alto flute, bass flute, and contrabass flute with string orchestra, which she has performed twice with the Eastside Symphony. She also performed the contrabass movement with piano adaptation at a National Flute Association Convention. Lisa is thrilled to now have the opportunity to premiere Jeffrey Taylor's "Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra."

Although Lisa's degrees are in mathematics, she has studied flute with Cheryl Fogg in Seattle and with He Shengqi at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China. You can hear more of Lisa's music on her YouTube channel.

Chris Peterson, clarinet – May 2016

Chris Peterson has played the clarinet for 25 years in ensembles in North Carolina, Utah, and Seattle. As an undergraduate, he studied with Professor Donald Oehler at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While pursuing a doctorate in Molecular Biology at the University of Utah, he continued his clarinet studies with Lee Livengood of the Utah Symphony, and was principal in the Murray Symphony Orchestra, where he performed solo concerto works by Copland, Weber, and Mozart.

Since moving to Seattle in 2010, Chris has played with the Eastside Symphony and Orchestra Seattle, as well as with the Microsoft Orchestra and the Northwest Mahler Festival. In addition to orchestral music, he plays regularly with the vaudeville/circus band, Fremont Philharmonic, and has participated in the Jazz Night School Program in South Seattle.

During the day, Chris is investigating HIV cure strategies in the Clinical Research Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Kelly Moore, viola – May 2016

Kelly Moore, violist, currently plays with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and the Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island. She has also played with the Tacoma Symphony, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and Everett Philharmonic Orchestra. Kelly teaches with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras as an upper strings coach for the SYSO in the Schools Program. She also works with elementary school string students in Southwest Seattle, and with the Endangered Instruments Program to help ensure a future where violists abound! She enjoys teaching violin and viola privately in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood.

Kelly earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance from Central Washington University as well as a Performance Certificate from the University of Southern California. She then relocated to Boulder, Colorado to study at CU Boulder, where she formed the Anasazi String Quartet. After two years in Boulder, the ASQ moved together to take the position of Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While in Illinois, they had the pleasure of working with the Pacifica and Jupiter String Quartets. In 2012, the ASQ won 1st Prize at the MTNA National Strings Chamber Music Competition. Although the ASQ has since disbanded, Kelly is a founding member of the local Ravenna String Quartet, which performs regularly in unique venues around Seattle.