Artfully Edmonds: Young Edmonds artists and arts opportunities

"Gathering In"
“Gathering In”

With Driftwood Players, established in the ’60s and now in its 53rd year – and Cascade Symphony Orchestra celebrating its 54th anniversary . . . with Gallery North also enjoying 54 years of co-operation, one might wonder how the newest generation of young adult Edmonds artists will impact our community.

For half a century parents, teachers, volunteers and coaches have been paving the way for Edmonds young people to enter the arts world, with the results being that more and more young Stars are traveling the wide open world but referring to Edmonds as “home.”

This week – in side-by-side features – Artfully Edmonds is taking a look at the new generation of artists who call Edmonds “home.” Many of these young adults attended summer arts camps here, performed at the Summer Market, or studied dance and stage techniques at Edmonds high schools. They are now the ones teaching the arts, taking the stage, or running Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) programs.

Artfully Edmonds would also like to acknowledge a few of the arts pioneers who have made huge contributions to the education and mentoring of arts-oriented Edmonds kids.

If you would like to include a Shout Out! for an Edmonds area Arts-Coach-to-Kids we would encourage you to leave a Comment at the end of this column. We love doing Artfully Edmonds Profiles.

All of Edmonds’ art traditions begin with loads of potential, community buzz, all things glittery; PoP! and PaZazz!

As summer stretches in front of us let’s take a look at the current roster of art coaches and teachers, and community coordinators who will make the long stretch of summer spent in a Northwest waterfront town something to look forward to.
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Sarah Richàrd
Sarah Richàrd

Alley Bell Music
413 Bell St.
At the Barclay Shelton Dance Centre

Sarah Richàrd who owns Alley Bell Music announces that her program has reached a new pinnacle of success after celebrating its 3rd anniversary. Sarah offers Music Together® classes for 0-5 year olds in downtown Edmonds, and Artfully Edmonds is not surprised at Sarah’s success, considering her impressive background:

Sarah attended Kings Schools through her sophomore year, and is a 1997 graduate of Edmonds-Woodway HS. She won a number of scholarships, and was recognized for her achievements with achievements that included the 1997 Edmonds Arts Commission scholarship win in voice; and the 1997 Joan E. Brown Memorial Scholarship, through the Edmonds Music Teachers Association.
She earned a B.M. Music Education, Western Washington University, with honors 2003; and an M.M. Voice Performance and Pedagogy at Texas Christian University, with honors 2005.

Probably the most fabulous element of the Alley Bell Music is the team of teachers that Richàrd has assembled.

Brenna Wells
Brenna Wells

Brenna Wells is this newest full-time addition to the teaching staff at Alley Bell Music. Having Brenna join the Alley Bell Music teaching team allows Sarah to expand music offerings for Edmonds-area mommies.

Brenna holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Western Washington University, an M.M. in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. Brenna completed the Music Together Teacher Certification training in 2012 at the South Shore Conservatory in Massachusetts. In addition to teaching at Alley Bell Music, Brenna also maintains a thriving career as a professional soprano soloist, and private piano and voice teacher.

Aria Prame, a member of Alley Bell’s teaching team roster, makes her way to Edmonds after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Boston University. Her students benefit from Aria’s years of experience working with children of all ages. While making the transition from Boston to Seattle, Aria taught preschool and worked as a jazz vocalist.

Alley Bell Music is offering a June 19 free demo session. For information on how to inspire your infant, toddler, or youngster toward music, follow the news at Alley Bell Music.
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1017674_279821815488960_1183227973_nBallyhoo Theatre

Ballyhoo’s Summer Intensive production for students ages 15-21 will be “bare” by Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo. Artfully Edmonds stays up on what’s happening at Ballyhood productions by following their Facebook page.

Ballyhoo Theatre consistently features contemporary productions that allow young adults to think through – and act out – thought-provoking, sometimes gritty topics.

“bare” focuses on a group of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school facing issues of sexuality and personal identity. As they struggle to come to terms with who they are, and who the world thinks they should be, they seek answers from their Church, their friends, and ultimately, from within themselves.

♫ Its rich, vibrant score draws on many styles of contemporary music.

“To arouse interest in arts entertainment; flamboyant displays, excited commotion!” is what Shileah Corey has in mind for this vibrant young theatre Company.

If you have questions Shileah Corey invites you to contact her at
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1362374645Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra

Summer Sounds registration is now open! The orchestral camp will be held at Alderwood Community Church, 3403 Alderwood Mall Blvd. in Lynnwood.

Music Director Gerry Marsh has led the Cascade Youth Symphony for the past 30 years. Comprised of musically gifted and highly talented youth, CYSO invites interested musicians to audition for the prestigious orchestra.

The orchestra boasts 23 music coaches and 5 conductors including Gerry Marsh, Todd Mahaffey, Tam Osburne, Daniel Wing, Taryn Webber and Andrea Talley.
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ECA SummerEdmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N.

The ECA Summer Arts Enrichment Camps are being offered for the third year and — under the development expertise of Gillian Jones – includes:

July 6 – 10
Shakespeare As You Like It: Combat, Improv, & Acting with Seattle Shakespeare Company
 for ages 11-15

July 13 – 17
Book-It Repertory Theatre’s
“Investigate, Adapt, Act!”
 for ages 7-11

July 27 – 31
Folklorico Dance Camp with Bailadores de Bronce
 for ages 7-11

Aug. 3 – 7
Hawaiian & Polynesian Cultural Camp
for ages 7-11

You can contact Gillian with registration inquiries at or 425-275-9483.
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Frank DeMiero and Dee Daniels  from DeMiero Jazz Fest.
Frank DeMiero and Dee Daniels from DeMiero Jazz Fest.

DeMiero Jazz Fest

For 39 years – and through several iterations of “all that’s jazz” – Frank DeMiero has lined up great jazz talent and created a nurturing community of music greats for Edmonds area music students at this fest now held in March.

This past spring, 65 groups, represented by 1500 students Edmonds area music departments gathered for clinics, on bandstands, and with great jazz conductors.
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Jazz Connection

The Edmonds Jazz Connection offers opportunities for select school music programs to participate in this spring/early summer festival.

Sponsored by the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary the Jazz Connection offers a scholarship program for young musicians with more information here.

Now in its 15th year, Jazz Connection has helped launch the music aspirations of Edmonds-Woodway High School Mello-aires soloist Jack White; Max Kapur, Edmonds Jazz Connection scholarship recipient, who is now attending USC, and Meadowdale High School student Leah Tussing.
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clue-1New Release!
The Gothard Sisters
June 23

June 23 is a very important date for fans of the lovely Gothard Sisters. The new CD “Mountain Rose” will be available on that date. (Although it’s available for pre-order right now!)

According to Willow, Greta and Solana, “Mountain Rose” was “inspired by the love of simple, timeless and transcendent things – patience, courage, community, the passing of the torch from old to young, the beauty and adventure of nature, and the feeling of comfort in being with those you love as the sun sets on Summer nights.”

For pre-orders, you can make your way to the Gothard Sisters CD store at
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Missoula Children’s Theatre
at Driftwood Players
950 Main St.

Although Missoula Children’s Theatre summer camp opportunities have filled since Artfully Edmonds last ran a “Call-to-Register-for-Camp!” mention, it Is worth your while to stay connected with this rich resource that has fostered the careers of many Edmonds area thespians who are now up and coming theatre arts luminaries. You can stay up on what’s offered for summer camps and academic year here.

From the Playbill: Missoula Children’s Theatre has been touring for 39 years. Annually, MCT visits nearly 1,300 communities in all 50 states, three Canadian territories and five provinces and 16 countries. Their mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts. Creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that are attained through participation in this unique and educational project. Their team of two professional tour actor/directors arrive at Driftwood with scenery, costumes, props, make-up and basic lighting—everything it takes to put on a play . . . except the cast.
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barreSunday, June 7
4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Olympic Ballet Theatre
Annual Student Performances
410 4th Ave. N.

Come see the hard work and mastery of (very) young Edmonds dancers who are very much looking forward to their premier on Edmonds Center for the Arts main stage.

During this annual tradition Olympic Ballet School students will showcase their knowledge of stage presence and dance technique to glittering stage lighting and the swell of rhapsodies played on the grand piano.

This year’s student programs will be presented in two performances: one afternoon dance, and one evening performance.

The audience will no doubt delight to the dance movements of performers as young as three years old. For many young dancers, this is the biggest day of the year.

Many of Olympic Ballet School’s older students are a part of the non-profit performing company, Olympic Ballet Theatre (OBT), and are accustomed to performing at the ECA, one of OBT’s home venues. Thirty-nine of the upper level dancers recently performed in OBT’s Spring Program of Nyman & Paquita. Talented, committed dancers from the school are selected to perform in OBT productions and for many, these performances opportunities are the highlight of their dance training. The opportunity to present renowned classical ballet repertoire such as The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and Giselle, as well as original contemporary works alongside world-class dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater to name a few, are a vital part of their training.

Summer classes are offered by Olympic Ballet School. For young students the school offers one-week or two-week long camps, as well as four-week intensive training for upper level students. Week long camps for pre-school aged children are open enrollment; the other programs are by placement only. Details on summer dance camps can be found online.

The Olympic Ballet studios are located in the Frances Anderson Cultural Center at 700 Main St.

Call 425-774-7570 or visit for further details.
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Gary Gibson
Gary Gibson

Steel Magic Northwest

Beating the drum toward more young people (and adult!) participation in steel drum performance is new-to-Edmonds Gary Gibson who was featured in Artfully Edmonds this past January.

Maybe you caught the Lynndale Roaring Steel performing under Gibson’s direction last weekend at the Saturday Farmer’s Market? It was so fun – and drew quite a crowd!

Go global – Steel drums will take you there. Steel Magic Northwest posts its updates at

— By Emily Hill


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