Founder and Music Director
Parke Burgess returns to conducting after 20 years of doing other things. In the 1990s he served as Music Director of the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, the Everett Youth Symphonies, and Director of Orchestras at California State University, Stanislaus. Since leaving music, Parke worked at Sightline Institute for five years, spent a year training at a Zen monastery, wrote a book on violence, and helped raise a family. In 2012 he opened a private psychotherapy practice. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music theory and history from Yale. His conducting teachers included Otto-Werner Mueller, Charles Bruck, and Peter Eros.