Maggie Molloy is a music journalist at Classical KING FM and Second Inversion. She manages all of Second Inversion’s programming and platforms, including curating and hosting the weekly on-air show, producing written and multimedia content, and running our web publication.

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.

Dacia Clay is the Assistant Program Director of KING FM. She is a producer, podcaster, interviewer and host who happened upon the world of classical music late in life, kind of accidentally, and now wants everyone to know about it. Dacia has a BA in English and a Master’s degree in Library Science. She has been a public radio fangirl since seeing Ira Glass speak while attending the Evergreen State College, and on the advice of legendary NPR librarian Kee Malesky, convinced the NPR affiliate station in her native Houston, Texas that they needed a librarian.

Dacia writes stories, runs (between running injuries), and aspires to be an outdoorsy hiking type of person.

Peter Tracy is a music journalism intern at Second Inversion. He helps write articles, album reviews, and other content for the website and tunes in to the channel whenever he can.

As a cellist and Seattle native, Peter was introduced to the world of contemporary classical music through his studies at the University of Washington School of Music under Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir. There, a fateful encounter with members of the Harry Partch Ensemble led to multiple performances with the group and a growing appreciation for everything wacky, exciting, and interesting in the wide world of classical music.

At the university, Peter also studies English, works as a barista, and can be found at arts events across campus. When he’s not playing music, making coffee, or writing, Peter enjoys playing chess, eating Indian food, running, reading, cooking, thinking, hiking, biking, playing soccer, and listening to any kind of music that comes his way.

Nikhil Sarma is a board operator, audio engineer, and podcast producer at Classical KING FM and Second Inversion. He assists with the live broadcast of classical performances on air including the Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony and NW Focus LIVE. A native of Ottawa, Canada, Nikhil has lived in Seattle since 2009.

Outside of radio, Nikhil works as a live sound engineer at multiple venues across Seattle. He also plays multiple instruments including electric guitar, bass, and drums and can be found performing live in Seattle from time to time. Nikhil also passes time by reading as well as watching movies, particularly those directed by the Coen brothers.

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.

Past Contributors

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Gabriela Tedeschi is interning as a music journalist for Second Inversion, helping to produce written content for the website. She studies English and music at the University of Washington.

At the UW, Gabriela writes for the student paper, The Daily. She enjoys watching and reviewing performing art events on campus and around Seattle.

Gabriela is a vocalist who focuses on choral singing, classical repertoire, and musical theatre. She also plays the piano and the alto saxophone.

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 (through KING-FM in Seattle), (through WQXR in New York City),, and

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.

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.

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

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