The mission is clear, the communication is exceptional, and the willingness of staff and educators to find solutions and opportunities where others see problems is meaningfully apparent.
— JazzED Parent

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Robert Babs, Program Manager

Robert is a dedicated arts administrator with a deep passion for music and a great deal of experience working in youth arts education. He joined Seattle JazzED after several years as the Education and Outreach Associate at Meany Center for the Performing Arts, where he worked on many of the organization’s educational and outreach both on campus and out in the community—all in the course of providing youth and educators with quality and meaningful artistic experiences. He currently serves as the alumni member on the Meany Center advisory board. Robert has also held positions as the Admissions and Operations Manager of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Marrowstone Music Festival, and as a staff instructor of elementary instrumental music with Seattle Music Partners.
 
A Seattle native, Robert graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in both History and English Language and Literature, with minors in Music and French. Even as a non-music major, Robert remained an active musician as a violist in the university orchestras and as an officer-member of Chamber Music Club. Robert’s current musical activities are as a member of the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra and chamber music parties with friends whenever possible.


Photo: Daniel Berman

Photo: Daniel Berman

Kelly Clingan, Education Director

Kelly is the former Director of Concert Bands and Jazz at Washington Middle School, where she taught since 2008. A graduate of Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington, she is rooted in Seattle's celebrated tradition of music education.

Kelly is a frequent adjudicator at local and regional jazz festivals, including the Lionel Hampton and Reno Jazz Festivals. She also presents and teaches at regional and national music conferences including JEN, MMEA, HMEA, ASTA, CWU, Arts Schools Network and Berklee City Music.

In 2016, Kelly was named the University of Washington GWSS Alumni of the Year for her work on gender equity in jazz. In 2018, Kelly served on the 'Expanding Opportunities to Learn Jazz in After-school' Taskforce at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Kelly plays trombone in Banda Vagos, a traditional Mexican Banda, performing throughout the Puget Sound area on a weekly basis. 

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Laurie de Koch, Executive Director

Laurie's professional expertise and her personal passions converge as the Executive Director of Seattle JazzED. With a Master's degree in Arts Management, 25 years of nonprofit management experience, and a deep commitment to equity in arts education, Laurie naturally evolved from co-founder to full-time Executive Director of Seattle JazzED in March of 2011.

Inspired by the impact that music education has made on the lives of her own children who were fortunate enough to be in schools with strong music programs, Laurie devotes herself to ensuring that all students have access to exceptional music education.

In 2016, Laurie received an Executive Non-Profit Leadership Certificate from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.  She is also a member of the 2016-2017 National Art Strategies Chief Executive Cohort through which she received certificates of non-profit leadership from Harvard Business School and University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.  In 2015, she was awarded the Jazz Hero Award by the Jazz Journalist Association in New York City.


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Camden Jarvis, Communications & Development Manager

Camden is a life long music lover who has worked in many aspects of the music making process, including front of house hospitality, behind the scenes logistics, coordination, and publicity. They come to JazzED from Saint Mark's Cathedral, where they worked as Music Series Coordinator.

Camden earned a Bachelor's in Music from Gustavus Adolphus College, with a focus on saxophone. After moving from Minnesota to Seattle in 2014, they were eager to get involved in the Seattle music community, and have worked and volunteered with Meter Music School, Emerald City Music, Seattle Music Partners, and The Live Music Project. They currently live on Capitol Hill with their partner, and stay busy by participating in the Seattle Men's Chorus and the Rainbow City Marching Band.


Ricardo Luna, Youth Development Director

Ricardo is a music educator with over 15 years of experience working with students at all grade levels. With a firm belief that music can have a positive impact on students, he strives to provide our youth with access to quality music education.

He recently completed a second music education degree from the University of Washington. His academic training and professional experience helps him build and support music programs designed to teach the whole student. Through music, Ricardo is able to teach students lifelong skills and traits, such as discipline, teamwork, and accountability. “By creating an environment where kids can have fun, feel safe, and be themselves, you create a place where learning can flourish.”

In addition to his administrative role, Ricardo oversees and teaches our introductory Jazz Prep classes, the Benny Goodman Ensemble, the Summer Jazz Prep Camp, and the Summer Jazz Ambassadors Program. Originally from Los Angeles, Ricardo moved to Seattle three years ago with his wife. He continues his own musical journey playing trombone, acoustic bass, and arranging music.


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Britt Madsen, Deputy Director

Britt oversees communications, marketing, and development as the Deputy Director. She loves working with the incredible Seattle JazzED students, families and supporters who make this organization so vibrant.

Britt joined Seattle JazzED in the early days (2011!) after four years at the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras where she ran the nationally-renowned Marrowstone Summer Music Festival and SYSO's public school partnerships. In addition to her work at Seattle JazzED, she feels lucky to serve on the ArtsFund Cultural Partners Kitchen Cabinet, working on ways to strengthen the arts sector in Seattle.

Britt graduated from the University of Washington in 2007. She lives in West Seattle with her husband and young son.


Teaching Interns

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Calvin Singer

Calvin is a trumpeter and JazzED alum, joining us in our first years in Clarence Acox’s ensemble. He is currently studying at Green River Community College and plans to finish his degree at Central Washington University. Calvin is passionate about working with youth and plans to teach music for the foreseeable future.


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Mara Surelle

Mara is from Whidbey Island Washington.  She has been involved with music since she was five years old and enjoys playing saxophone, clarinet, and piano.  In her free time, she loves riding horses, skiing, and sailing.  Mara is passionate about music education and extending musical opportunities to all students.


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Moe Weisner

Moe is a Seattle-based bass player, composer, and teacher who works in various styles and genres. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Cornish College of the Arts in 2017, with a concentration in Jazz Double Bass Performance. Though double bass was his focus in school, he has since been playing double bass and electric bass equally often. While he does have an affinity for jazz and classical music, he is always looking to challenge himself as a bass player and composer in different styles of music and hone his abilities to be a versatile musician.


Seattle JazzED Board of Directors

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Christian Anderson, CFA, Goldman Sachs

Harold Brandford, Anesthesiologist, Self Employed: Outpatient Surgery Centers

Jim Bromley, CFO, Forterra, Seattle JazzED Board Treasurer

Kim Clements, JAS Design Build

Tracy Dobmeier, Community Volunteer, Seattle JazzED Board Vice-President

Elvis Fraser, Sankofa Consulting LLC, Seattle JazzED Board President

Erica Garvey, Investment Manager, Schnitzer West, LLC

Juan Huey-Ray, Artistic Director, Cultural Pursuits

Angie Jenkins, Director of Learning Assistance Programs, Seattle University

Robert Morton, Vice President, CBRE Morton

Lipika Mukerji, Architect

Shirish Mulherkar, Consultant, Seattle JazzED Co-Founder

Caroline Perkins, Educator, Grace Training Foundation

Thomas Poole, Federal Aviation Administration

Kathryn Robinson, Freelance Writer, Seattle JazzED Board Secretary

Ortencia Santana, Business Owner and Parent Volunteer

Arlene Sargeant, Executive Director, Emode Foundation

Mark Zobel, Radiologist, Overlake Hospital and Seattle Children's Hospital

For more information about the Seattle JazzED Board, please contact Executive Director Laurie de Koch.