The Everett Philharmonic Orchestra musicians come from varying professional backgrounds united by their passion for performing symphonic music.  Under the baton of Dr. Cobbs this group has played together for upwards of a quarter century.






Music Director

 & Conductor,
Dr. Paul-Elliott Cobbs


 




Renowned in the cradle of 18th century classicism and 19th century romanticism - Vienna - and in Germany, Maestro Paul-Elliott Cobbs is a unique voice in the international music community.

Educated at the Akademie für Musik, Vienna, Cobbs possesses an intimate knowledge of European masterworks combined with rare expertise in American multiculturalism. His interpretation of William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony - the subject of his doctoral thesis - is considered definitive by many.

A popular guest conductor, Cobbs appears frequently with orchestras and ensembles in Europe, Asia and the United States including Vienna's Festival Chamber Orchestra, members of the Dresden and Leipzig Opera, the Kamimura Wind Ensemble in Kagoshima, Japan; and the Seattle Symphony.

Cobbs’ 2006 sold-out appearance in Carnegie Hall was a resounding success. His reading of the Afro-American Symphony was the first on that stage since the composer conducted the work 30 years prior. In 2008, Cobbs conducted concerts in Baltimore, MD; Alexandria, VA; and Washington DC. Each received standing ovations.

In 2008, Cobbs received, with his wife, Loma, the Lifetime Achievement Award from ArtsFund, located in Seattle Washington.

Other recent appearances in Poland include Filharmonia Szczeinska, Szczecin; Filharmonia Opolska, Opole; Filharmonia Baltycka, Gdansk; and the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra, Lodz. Invitations to perform in England, Spain and China are under consideration.

A talented and inspirational educator, Cobbs is known for his insightful pre-concert lectures, educational and children' concerts, and his work with youth symphonies, school, regional and All-State orchestras.

Cobbs began his conducting career at age 21 as Associate Conductor of the Detroit Metropolitan Symphony, Principal Conductor of its chamber orchestra and frequent guest conductor of the Michigan Opera.

Having completed 26 years as Music Director and Conductor of the Everett Symphony and 5 years as director of orchestral programs for Central Washington University, Dr. Cobbs is currently Music Director for the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and Music Director and Conductor of the Everett Philharmonic.

Cobbs received his Doctorate in Conducting from the University of Washington. He completed an undergraduate degree in Music Education at Wayne State University.

Dr. Cobbs conducted the Sussex Symphony in Brighton, England in March 2010 to critical acclaim.  Although well performed in Europe, this was his first appearance in England.  Subsequently, he was invited to serve as "Regular Guest Conductor" for the Sussex Symphony.         

Community Service Through Musical Performance

Everett Philharmonic Orchestra

Flute

Anne Nielsen, Principal

Lynn Douglas-Nicolet

Barbara Oakley (Piccolo)


Oboe

Laurie Swanson, Principal

Kristine Kiner

Kara Jamieson


English Horn

Kara Jamieson


Clarinet

Cindy Olsen, Principal

Ward Drennen

Cynthia Ely (Bass Clarinet)


Bassoon

Steven Morgan, Principal

Chris Harshman

Shelley Hasenoerhl


French Horn

Michelle Rockwood, Principal

Tonya Harris

Judith Lamb

Victoria Melton

Colleen Neal Hall


Trumpet

George Steward, Principal

Rocky Meredith

Dan Schmidt

Delsin Thomas


Trombone

Terry Freeman, Principal

Larry Heidel


Bass Trombone

Benn Hansson


Tuba

Dale Askew, Principal

Greg Mueller


Tympani

A. Todd Parks


Percussion

A. Todd Parks, Principal

Rick Mower, Asst Principal

Jacob Cunningham

Josh Zimmerman


Harp

Karen Southworth  Weaver, Principal


Piano/Keyboards

Elaine Yale Weltz, Principal

Violin I

Patrice Weed Shearer,

     Concertmaster

Gregory Dziekonski

Casey Howard

Mary Knoll

Mary Lovett

Trevor Lutzenhiser

Robert Murphy

Dustin Peskuric

Marie Reese

Teresa Sandys

Ann Skinner

Lucie Tracy

Tara Kaiyala Weaver

Rebecca Zanzig


Violin II

Carrie Penner, Principal

Stephanie Brasseur

Katrina Cordi

Robin Enders

Chrisanna Gray

Karen Greenwalt

Lola Madison

Kristine Moore

Diane Patterson

Jessie Scott

Michael Streit

Barbara Tacher


Viola

Cheryl Harris, Principal

Louise Fiori

Teresa Jorgenson

Carl Moellenberndt

Charles Terpenning

Richard Vitzhum


Cello

Cami Davis,  Principal

Norma Dermond

Tania Halladay

Briana Lamb

Aaron Douglas Nation

David Takahashi

Margaret VanderWaerden

Eli Weinberger


Bass

Ross Gilliland, Principal

Joe Bynum

Brian Hodgson

Al Smith

Sam Booth