​Carolyn Tanksley began playing harp at age eight under the tutelage of Frances Gilman Miller, with whom she continued her studies at St. Olaf College. Ms. Tanksley played with many orchestral, ensemble, and choral groups as a youth and won various harp competitions at the state and national level. Locally, Ms. Tanksley has studied with Pamela Vokolek, former professor at University of Washington School of Music.  Ms. Tanksley rounds out her days enjoying travel, tennis, skiing, and biking adventures with her husband, Michael, who plays violin with the Eastside Symphony.  

Recognizable through his wide range of sound, he has made numerous appearances in concert series and recitals, both as a soloist and in collaboration with performing artists. Often held in prestigious venues, his performances have been broadcast live on Seattle’s King FM 98.1 and Cleveland’s WCLV 104.9. He is a prizewinner in the Venetia Hall Concerto Competition, the MTNA Divisional, the Darius Milhaud Performance Prize, and the CIM Concerto Competition. He toured with the National Repertory Orchestra as the Orchestra Pianist (Breckenridge, Colorado) in the summer of 2010, and performed Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto as the soloist.

​​​​Spring Concert

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 7:30 pm


DebussyDanses for harp and string orchestra, with Carolyn Tanksley, harp
Taylor
Ambrosia Fantasy for piano and orchestra, with John Lee, piano
Dvorak
Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"

​Recognizable through his wide range of sound, he has made numerous appearances in concert series and recitals, both as a soloist and in collaboration with performing artists. Often held in prestigious venues, his performances have been broadcast live on Seattle’s King FM 98.1 and Cleveland’s WCLV 104.9. He is a prizewinner in the Venetia Hall Concerto Competition, the MTNA Divisional, the Darius Milhaud Performance Prize, and the CIM Concerto Competition. He toured with the National Repertory Orchestra as the Orchestra Pianist (Breckenridge, Colorado) in the summer of 2010, and performed Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto as the soloist.

​A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Lee established his presence in the state of Washington by receiving many accolades for his musical talent. He was a long-time recipient of the Margaret L. Sparling scholarship at the Seattle Conservatory. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and received his Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he spent a few more years as a DMA candidate. His teachers include Robert Shannon and Sergei Babayan.

John Lee is a pianist, collaborative artist, and music teacher. His musical activities are diverse: he teaches classical and jazz piano to students of all ages, collaborates with and coaches aspiring artists, adjudicates local events, and teaches courses at the Seattle Conservatory of Music as a substitute. Recently, a student of his has been accepted into Berklee College in Boston.​

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