A New Chamber Orchestra for the 21st Century

ORCHESTRA    •    MUSIC DIRECTOR    •    BOARD AND STAFF

Credit: Dawndra Budd

Credit: Dawndra Budd

An ensemble founded by young musicians in 2009, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra focuses on bringing unique musical experiences to young and diverse new listeners. SMCO's intimate performances feature a unique mix of music for chamber orchestra and small ensemble of all eras, with a significant focus on contemporary and rarely heard masterworks of the genre. The ensemble is dedicated to exploring the future of music, premiering new works of gifted young composers.

Bold...impressive...an ensemble to watch.
— Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekly
Seattle’s new ambassadors of tight chamber ensemble, elegant phrasing, and deeply considered musicianship are young, poised, and must be heard live.
— Sean MacLean, Classical KING FM
SMCO’s performance of the fiendishly difficult piece was full of thrilling solo and ensemble playing…the orchestra combined inspired programming and an intimate concert setting with energetic performances from some of Seattle’s best young musicians.
— Dana Wen, The Sunbreak

 

PLAYERS

Flute
Elizabeth Talbert
Maggie Stapleton

Oboe
Ursula Sahagian
Chris Aagaard

Clarinet
Sabrina Pope
Leslie Edwards

Bassoon
Cyrus Roat
Jamael Smith

French Horn
Damon Kirk
Jeremy Cucco
Casey Cheever
Nathan Rengstorf

Trumpet
David Hall
Rabi Lahiri

Timpani
David Solomon

Violin
Mitchell Drury
Allion Salvador
Eric Rynes
Rose McIntosh
Rachel Nesvig
Aria Peters
Jonathan Graber
Janet Utterback-Peck
Karen Halliburton
Andrew Sumitani
Elena Vukosavljev

Viola
Tricia Wu
Kelly Moore
Chris Foerstel
Rafael Howell

Cello
Mary Riles
Lauren McShane
Meg Risso

Bass
Ross Gilliland
Abbey Blackwell



Credit: Brooke Nance

Credit: Brooke Nance

MUSIC DIRECTOR

American conductor Geoffrey Larson is the founding Music Director of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. Seattle Weekly, Classical KING FM, The Gathering Note, and The SunBreak have hailed Mr. Larson as one of the Northwest's finest young conductors.

Geoffrey Larson has served as the Assistant Conductor of the Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island, and has been invited to appear twice at the Northwest Mahler Festival. His opera credits include Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Holst’s Savitri, and Chabrier’s L’étoile. He has given the world premieres of numerous works and has demonstrated a passion for new music. In 2014, he presented a lecture and complete performance of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at Pittsburgh Opera Studio that was met with critical acclaim. In 2010, he created the ongoing Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra initiative to perform new works of excellent young composers, working with venerated Iranian composer Reza Vali to choose a winner of SMCO’s first International Composition Competition in 2014.

Mr. Larson was named a Fellow at the Bard Conductors Institute as the course’s youngest member in 2007, and joined three other young conductors in master classes at London’s Royal Academy of Music in 2008 at the personal selection of the late George Hurst. He has studied at the Pierre Monteux School under the tutelage of Michael Jinbo, and he studied opera conducting with Wolfgang Harrer for five months in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Larson was a student of two-time Grammy Award winner Robert Page at Carnegie Mellon University, where he conducted performances and recording sessions of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Contemporary Music Ensemble. He additionally counts Peter Erös, Ronald Zollman, Harold Farberman, Raphael Jimenez, and Rodolfo Saglimbeni among his teachers in conducting. He has assisted conductors such as Uriel Segal, Ronald Zollman, Gerard Schwarz, and Brian Garman.

As a clarinetist, Mr. Larson holds a degree from Michigan State University where he was a student of Caroline Hartig. He has given performances with ensembles such as the Seattle Modern Orchestra, Saratoga Orchestra, and Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra.  He has performed in Michigan, Texas, Oregon, Illinois, and Washington, including a chamber music broadcast on Seattle’s KING FM.  He has also given solo performances in Kanazawa, Japan and Vienna, Austria.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Steve Reeder, Acting President

Marcia Johnson, Director

Ursula Sahagian, Director

STAFF

Andrea Wilson, Business Manager

Aleida Gehrels, Development Officer

Ashley Biermann, Concert Front of House

Tricia Wu, Personnel Manager

Chris Aagaard, Web Design

Meg Risso, Social Media