Contributors

Maggie Molloy SI PhotoMaggie Molloy is a music journalist at Classical KING FM and Second Inversion. She manages all of Second Inversion’s programming and platforms, including curating the 24/7 online stream and website features, producing written and multimedia content, and serving as an on-air host for Second Inversion.

Maggie is also the founder, director, and editor of Second Inversion’s Women in (New) Music series, which explores feminist issues within and beyond the classical music sphere.

Maggie graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Seattle University. She also studied experimental music composition in Paris at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique. She primarily plays piano, though she also has performance experience on guitar, violin, and double bass.

 

Seth TompkinsSeth Tompkins is the Program Director of Classical KING FM and a founder of Second Inversion. He also designed the Second Inversion logo. A native of Southeast Michigan, he relocated to Seattle in 2009.

Seth has been with KING FM since 2011. He has served as the Assistant Music Director, an on-air producer, and a voice on Second Inversion.  He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Music degree from Central Michigan University.

Outside of KING FM, Seth enjoys hiking, cooking, live music, and most forms of DIY.  Seth is also active as a freelance tuba performer and teacher in the Seattle area, having performed with Seattle Symphony, Olympia Symphony, Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island, Seattle Modern Orchestra, and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, among others.

 

Rachele HalesRachele Hales is KING FM’s Operations Manager. She maintains station equipment, ensures FCC compliance, handles engineering/IT tasks & remote broadcasts, does sound production & pledge producing, and is one of the four founders and voices of Second Inversion.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Production from Washington State University in 2005.

Outside the office she is actively involved in several volunteer groups and enjoys biking, weight lifting, reading, theatre, learning Korean, and napping with her cat.  She writes short works of fiction and is even published in a few places if you know where to look.  Rachele confesses that she also compulsively double-checks the syllabic integrity of any haiku on her fingers.

 


Geoffrey LarsonGeoffrey Larson is Assistant Music Director at KING FM, where he programs the Seattle Symphony Channel, Opera Channel, and Evergreen Channel, in addition to his work as a host on Second Inversion. He has held the position of Music Director of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra since 2009.

A passionate advocate for new music both as a clarinetist and conductor, he has performed with Seattle Modern Orchestra and recorded with the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble. He has worked closely with composers such as Reza Vali, Leonardo Balada, Nancy Galbraith, Gabriel Prokofiev, Binna Kim, and Erberk Eryılmaz.

 

imageOakland native Brendan Howe began his international musical career at the age of four, performing a rousing rendition of the right-hand-only piano line of the first eight bars of Star Wars: Main Theme on a boat to Ensenada. Since then, he has learned to sing and play guitar, performing Carl Orff with choirs in the Sydney Opera House, and original music with bands in dive bars everywhere from Tahoe to Tierra del Fuego. He plans to add Seattle to the list as soon as possible, and has been listening to a great deal of Peter Gabriel, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Sviatoslav Richter lately.

 

Micaela Pearson is the Underwriting and Development Coordinator for Classical KING FM 98.1, where she helps raise funds for KING FM’s operating budget through individual giving campaigns and business sponsorships.

Micaela graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University with a BA in Fine Arts, Music with Honors. She is a vocalist and conductor, working with the Seattle University Chapel Choir and the Seattle University music department. She has served as stage manager and page turner for Byron Schenkman and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra for concerts at Town Hall and Benaroya Hall. She is a board member of Key to Change, a local non-profit organization which provides music lessons to disadvantaged youth in south King County.

Micaela enjoys finding unique classical vinyl records for her collection, playing piano, and identifying mushrooms on nature walks.

 

Michael Schell has been passionate about modern music ever since being spooked by a recording of The Rite of Spring as a toddler. He has two degrees in music, and has had various avocations as a composer, intermedia artist, systems engineer and cribbage player. He’s lived in Texas, California, Iowa, Nepal and New York, and now enjoys life in Seattle.

 

 

Maggie StapletonMaggie Stapleton is the former Assistant Program Director at Classical KING FM and one of the founders of Second Inversion. Under her leadership Second Inversion grew into a multimedia project featuring our 24/7 online stream, weekly album reviews and other blog content, and community outreach projects.

Maggie holds B.M. (Furman University) and M.M. (University of Washington) degrees in Flute Performance and is currently a member of the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, and Parnassus Project.

Outside of the office and rehearsal hall, Maggie loves to cook, rock climb, run, bike, hike, and explore the beautiful city of Seattle and surrounding areas of Western Washington.

 

Jill KimballJill Kimball is a blog contributor and occasional announcer for Second Inversion.

Before moving to Boulder, CO, Jill was the primary administrator and content creator for www.king.org and for Classical KING FM’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in News-Editorial Journalism from the University of Oregon, and before coming to KING FM, she was a reporter and intern for several newspapers and magazines including The Seattle Times, the Oregon Daily Emerald, Palo Alto Weekly and Monterey County Weekly.

Jill is a soprano in two Boulder choral groups, Ars Nova and Seicento. She has also sung with Seattle Pro Musica, the Seattle Symphony, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, and GRAMMY-winning recording artist Ricky Kej. She enjoys listening to all sorts of music, including folk, jazz, and even Top 40.

 

10458543_10205017981582818_8832719797470816859_nDavid Wall is the former Event Manager at KING FM, coordinating the station’s presence in the arts community, as well as the volunteer program.

An active musician, David plays bassoon in a number of community groups, including the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. He hopes to attend University this Fall to pursue a degree in music.

Outside of the office, David enjoys reading, photography, hiking, backpacking, and has even toured the United States twice for two months at a time, where he played saxophone in ska band.


Jim HoltJames Holt is a composer, podcaster, and arts administrator. Born in California and raised in Washington, he went to graduate school in Indiana and lived for several years in New York City before settling back here in Seattle. His music has been performed across the country and internationally. He produces the Switchboard Music Festival and has contributed to SecondInversion.org (through KING-FM in Seattle), Q2music.org (through WQXR in New York City), Sequenza21.com, and Polyphonic.org.

 

KMoravec_MVoytovich_PromoPhotos35Melanie Voytovich is a contemporary percussionist and educator located in the Pacific Northwest. She is currently working with West Side Music Academy and often gives clinics at local schools and Day of Percussion events.

Dedicated to encouraging innovation and collaboration, she pioneered the Washington State New Works for Percussion project, a committee focused on commissioning new repertoire for percussion. She is also the Chapter President of the Washington State Percussive Arts Society and is currently working to expand its reach and influence throughout the state.

 


roger downeyRoger Downey has lived in Seattle for 50 years and has never considered living anywhere else.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Christophe ChagnardFrench conductor, composer and guitarist Christophe Chagnard joined KING FM as Digital Content Manager in July 2015. One of the most sought-after musicians in the Pacific Northwest, Chagnard is an all-around artist acclaimed for his finely etched performances and charismatic approach to music.

As co-founder of the Northwest Sinfonietta in 1991, Chagnard built what the Seattle Post-Intelligencer calls “the finest chamber orchestra in the Northwest” which he led for 24 years. Chagnard is also Music Director of the Lake Union Civic Orchestra and is equally versed in a vast repertoire of chamber, symphonic, operatic and ballet works of all styles and periods, Chagnard has gained a reputation as an insatiable conductor with a broad musical reach.

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