LEADERSHIP & STAFF

Meet WSCO's Leaders, Conductors, and Staff.

Board of Directors

President: Rob Duisberg

Vice President, Internal: Miki Fly

Treasurer: Mariane Hermanson

Secretary: Mindi Katzman

Members at large: Wally Bostick, Brian Dunbar, Jason Howell, Jim Hunt, Nicole Jackson, Roberta Newland

Founder

Toni Reineke

Founder, Conductor Emeritus

Adult Beginning Winds & Percussion Class

Toni, the founder of the orchestras and retired conductor, has had two careers in music. After graduating from Central Washington University with her bachelor's in music education, she taught instrumental music, (mostly orchestra) for about 10 years. During that time she returned to Central for a master's degree in music performance. Later she earned a Ph.D. in Systematic Musicology from the University of Washington, then worked as a freelance editor for 18 years. Toni recently retired from her second music teaching career, having taught instrumental music to fourth- and fifth-grade beginners for Seattle Public Schools for ten years. In the fall of 2002, Toni co-founded the Symphonette with the late Kathleen Hunt. She knows that Kathleen would be proud that the organization has now grown to three orchestras with over 180 members!

Toni continues in WSCO as the instructor for the Adult Beginning Band Class, and as the Music Resource Consultant.

Conductors

Anna Wittstruck

Symphony Orchestra

Anna will join the WSCO team as the new Symphony Orchestra conductor in Fall, 2019. Anna has served as Assistant Professor, Director of Orchestra for the University of Puget Sound School of Music since 2017. Before that she spent two years at Stanford University as Acting Assistant Professor, serving as Interim Music Director and Conductor of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia. 

Anna has conducted concerts across the United States, in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. She has served as a guest conductor with the Harbin Symphony in China and as the 2017 and 2018 Conducting Fellow with the Eastern Sierra Symphony. She conducted concerts at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and Teatro Nacional de Cuba in Havana, where she performed with Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba and the Chamber Orchestra of Havana. In December 2013 she conducted the first-ever symphonic concert on Catalina Island (“Sounds of America,” featuring Copland’s Appalachian Spring) and returned with her touring ensemble the following three seasons. She has conducted concerts at the Rudolfinum in Prague and the Musikzentrum Augarten (home of the Vienna Boys’ Choir) in Vienna, as well as concerts in
Berlin, Bad Elster, and Teplice.

 

Anna is also an active orchestral musician whose performances as a cellist span from the Beijing Modern Music Festival to the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Her string quartet gave a concert tour of Thailand sponsored by the Yonok and American-Thai Foundations, in honor of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s sixtieth birthday celebrations. She won a blind audition at the age of fourteen to become the youngest contracted member of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, and has participated in orchestra festivals such as Tanglewood, Round Top, and the National Symphony/Kennedy Center Institute. She has appeared as a soloist with the Charlotte and Hendersonville Symphonies, on the Public Radio International show, “From the Top,” and with the
Stanford Symphony Orchestra.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Princeton University with certificates in orchestral conducting and creative writing, and her PhD in musicology from Stanford University. 

Anton Coleman

Wind Symphony 

Anton received his B.A. in Music from Texas A&M University where he was also a member of the nationally famous Fightin' Texas Aggie Band and studied Flute with Penny Zent, Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra's principal flutist. Currently, Anton is a Post-Bacc Music Education major at the University of Washington where he has studied Flute/Flute-Pedagogy with Donna Shin and is a former member of the UW Symphonic/Wind Ensembles under the directions of Tim Salzman and Steve Morrison. Anton works as a woodwind coach in the Northshore School District and Conductor of the Wind Symphony for West Seattle Community Orchestras. Anton remains an active member of the Seattle Flute Society and the Collegiate National Association for Music Education.

Mike Jauregui

Concert Orchestra 

Mike Jauregui began playing trombone at age 4 under the mentorship of his father, professional bass-trombonist, Tony Jauregui. As a young musician, Mike was principal trombonist as well as featured soloist in a large variety of ensembles including the Buddy Rogers Youth Orchestra, the Claremont Youth Orchestra, the Coachella Valley Symphony, the Palm Springs High School Band, and his own Jazz band.

 

Since his move to Seattle, Mike Jauregui has performed alongside Grammy-award winning film composer, Mateo Massina, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, REM’s Mike Mills, Big Star, Moby Grape’s Jerry Miller, and Sir Mix-a-Lot. Mike can be found in various avenues in the Seattle music community – from conducting youth symphonies, to teaching recreational musicians, to playing with Seattle orchestras, big bands, and combos.

 

His performance career at the University of Redlands included Principal/Lead trombonist chairs in the University Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Opera Orchestra, Jazz Combo and Brass Quintet. He also held the student trombonist chair in the Redlands Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Jon Robertson.

 

After his graduation, Mike ventured to Seattle to pursue a career in furthering his musicianship as a composer, conductor, guitarist, and singer along with his endeavors as a trombonist.

 

In 2016, Mike and his rock band, Manifide, released an album called "Brighter Days" consisting of works written for full rock band and orchestra.  Based on this album, Mike co-created the Brighter Days Project to raise awareness of depression and mental health awareness and to emphasize that those who struggle can still be a positive influence on society, as well as to further connect the musical community.

Rachel Nesvig

Debut Orchestra​

Inspired by her Norwegian roots, Rachel has built a career around her love of music, performance, teaching, and Scandinavian tradition. She earned her BA in Music and Norwegian from St. Olaf College in 2007, followed by a master’s degree in Violin Performance and K-12 Teaching Certificate from Central Washington University in 2011. Rachel completed additional studies in both classical and jazz violin at the Music Conservatory of the University of Stavanger, Norway, also using the opportunity to polish her Norwegian language skills. Although violin is her main jam, Rachel is an avid Hardanger Fiddler (the national folk instrument of Norway), an aspiring violist, an enthusiastic conductor, and a novice improv actor!

Rachel’s love of playing music includes her dedication to teaching. She absolutely loves coaching summer camps such as the Seattle Rock Orchestra Summer Intensive, Icicle Creek Summer Symphony, and Pipestone Music Camp. Always inspired to wear many different hats, she conducts the West Seattle Community Orchestras’ Debut Symphony. The group is a fun, full orchestra that consists of players of all ages (youngest age 8 and oldest 80!) who have 1-3 years of experience playing their instruments.

One of Rachel’s other passions is making videos for Pizzicato Peeps with her friend and colleague, Begin Scarseth. These tutorial videos are meant to make learning fun and accessible to all levels and ages. Check them out here!

In her time not creating music, Rachel coordinates gigs as the booking manager for Oahu Strings. Apart from freelancing in Seattle, traveling is one of Rachel's favorite activities. She hopes to continue to play all types of music for audiences around the world.

Staff

Clarisse Benson

Orchestra Manager

A Florida native, Clarisse previously served as Artistic Operations Coordinator for The Florida Orchestra in St. Petersburg, FL. She received a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from the University of Maryland and a Master's in Bassoon Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. She continues to perform with several groups in the Seattle area today. Clarisse also serves as Finance and Operations Coordinator for ArtsFund, an organization that is committed to supporting the arts through leadership, advocacy, and grant making.

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