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 passionate arts administrator with a deep passion for music and much 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.

Email: robert [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org


 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. 

Kelly recently published: 

Email: kelly [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org


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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.

Email: laurie [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org


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Freddy Gonzalez, Education & Outreach Specialist

Freddy is a trombonist, composer, and music educator from New York City. Currently living in Seattle, WA, he was introduced to the Pacific Northwest in 2017 after an apprenticeship with television composer Ron Jones (“Family Guy,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and “DuckTales”).

Before working with Mr. Jones, Freddy toured with Grammy-winning artist Alejandro Sanz, performing in over 15 countries in Latin America. In 2015, he graduated with a master’s in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, writing for and conducting a 51-piece orchestra at Abbey Road Studios for his final thesis. He is also a graduate of The New School for Jazz (2014), having studied with Reggie Workman, Jane Ira Bloom, Elliot Mason, and Wycliffe Gordon.

 Over the course of his performing career, he has opened for artists such as B.B. King, Ruben Blades, and Eddie Palmieri while also having performed alongside Juan Luis Guerra, Laura Pausini, Bootsy Collins, Arturo O’Farrill, and Melissa Aldana. In 2014, he was featured on Wu Tang Clan’s “A Better Tomorrow”.

Freddy has also been a music educator for ten years, working with high school big bands as well as private lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. He emphasizes teaching students how to listen to all types of music, so that they can take what they learn in the classroom and combine their knowledge it with the music that inspires them. 


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Camden Jarvis, Communications & Development Specialist

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 Season Coordinator. When they aren't at JazzED, they also work at Town Hall Seattle as a Front of House Lead. 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.

Email: camden [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org


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.

Email: ricardo [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org


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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 young 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.

Email: britt [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org


Seattle JazzED Board of Directors

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Christian Anderson, CFA, Goldman Sachs

Harold Brandford,  Anesthesiologist, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

Curt Clausen, Senior Vice President, Banner Bank

Kim Clements, JAS Design Build

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

Elvis Fraser, Sankofa Consulting LLC, Seattle JazzED Board President

Libby Hill, Community Volunteer

Juan Huey-Ray, Artistic Director, Cultural Pursuits

David Marriott, Jr., Musician

Shirish Mulherkar, Consultant, Seattle JazzED Co-Founder

Greg Murray, COO, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Seattle JazzED Board Treasurer

Lisa Orlick, Community Volunteer & Writer, Seattle JazzED Board Secretary

Thomas Poole, Federal Aviation Administration

Kathryn Robinson, Freelance Writer

Ortencia Santana, Business Owner and Parent Volunteer

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.