Alan Futterman – Music Director/Conductor
Alan is the Music Director of the Bremerton Symphony and the Academy Chamber Orchestra. He served on the Music Faculty of Central Washington University for 10 years and as Music Director of the Dover Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor for the Weierstrass Society Concerts of Contemporary Music (New York, N.Y.), Music Director of the Zaccho Ballet Orchestra (Belgium), and Conductor in Residence for Jeunesse Musicale of Europe.
Mr. Futterman holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music with two years of Doctoral studies in Musicology and Baroque Performance Practice. As a Doctoral candidate, he served as Assistant Conductor to Maestro Vladimir Kin of St. Petersburg and participated in master classes with Sir George Solti and Leonard Bernstein.
In the 1990’s, Mr. Futterman devoted more of his time to the education and training of young musicians as Music Director of the Bellevue Youth Symphony, then as founder and Music Director of the Academy Chamber Orchestra, a training ensemble for advanced instrumentalists. In the 1980’s he served on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and his students have gone on to attend Harvard, Yale, the Curtis Institute, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Peabody Conservatory.
As an orchestral musician, Mr. Futterman performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of New England, the New Jersey State Opera, and the Seattle Symphony under various Music Directors including; Leonard Bernstein, Sir Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta, Aaron Copland, and Gerard Schwarz.
For nearly ten years Mr. Futterman had a parallel career in foreign languages and cultures. Employed by the American Cultural Exchange, he served as a cultural liaison for visits from foreign governments and universities and trained foreign language interpreters. This, in turn, led to three years of work with the television series “Northern Exposure” as a technical advisor, scriptwriter and multiple language coach.
Mr. Futterman has consistently received standing ovations as a composer when touring with orchestra and conducting his own World Beat Dance Suites. His first appearance with the Bainbridge Symphony elicited the following from the Bainbridge Island Review, “Last season’s performance of Futterman’s Romanian Medley, was received so graciously that it even elicited cheering from the audience – a gesture usually reserved for sports, not symphony.” His Fiesta Mexicana (2005) has been embraced by the Hispanic communities of Washington and performed many times. His orchestral works include Farrago and Fugue (1997), Double Trouble, a setting of the Witches’ Scene from Macbeth (1999), the World Beat Dance Suite #1 (2000), World Beat Dance Suite #2 (2002), Japanese Vignettes (2006), and Navidad Nuestra (2008).
LeeAnne Campos – Concert Chorale Conductor
LeeAnne began her musical career at the age of seven in Munich, Germany, and has performed on some of the world’s finest concert stages. A past regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions and the San Francisco Merola Opera Program Auditions, her repertoire includes the roles of Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Mimi in La Boheme, and Nedda in I Pagliacci. An apprenticeship with the Chicago Lyric Opera Center for American Artists took her to Chicago in 1983, and while there she was an active participant in the Chicago opera community, performing leading roles with the Chamber Opera of Chicago and Light Opera Works with Philip Kraus. She was a member of both the Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus and the Chicago Symphony Chorus under the direction of Margaret Hillis, and a recipient of the Margaret Hillis Fellowship.
Shortly after her return to the Pacific Northwest she made her debut with Tacoma Opera as Pamina in The Magic Flute. She has since served as guest soloist with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Tacoma Symphony Chorus, the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra, the Okanogan Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Lutheran University Orchestra, and the Bellevue Chamber Chorus. Equally comfortable with musical theater, one of her many roles includes that of the Mother Abbess in Tacoma Little Theatre’s 1998 production of The Sound of Music.
In the fall of 2001 Ms. Campos founded Lyrica, Ladies Choral Ensemble of Puget Sound. Lyrica is a non-profit, community-based choir offering women of all ages the opportunity for personal musical growth through fun, informative rehearsals and exciting concert programs. Lyrica has performed throughout the Pacific Northwest from Seattle to the Oregon coast, sharing its particular brand of musical enthusiasm with anyone willing to listen. Lyrica is now 25 singers strong and continues to actively recruit new singers and pursue new performance opportunities.
Ms. Campos has served as cantor at St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church in Port Orchard for fifteen years and became the music director in August 2004. In September 2004 she accepted the position of Concert Chorale Director with the Bremerton Symphony Association. She currently sings with the Tacoma Symphony Chorus under the direction of Dr. Geoffrey Boers. She is a 1981 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and is a former member of the highly regarded Choir of the West under Dr. Maurice Skones. She has been a member of the voice faculty at Pacific Lutheran University since 1992, and is active as an adjudicator for regional and state vocal competitions throughout the Northwest.
Michael Woods – Music Director, BSYO
Music Director of the Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Michael received his Bachelors in Music Education at Pacific Lutheran University where he studied conducting under Dr. Raydell Bradley and trombone performance under Don Immel. He taught briefly in eastern Washington before continuing his studies in trombone performance at the University of Washington.
He currently teaches instrumental music at Central Kitsap High School where he directs the jazz band, orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble and marching band programs. In 2007, the Washington Music Educators Association recognized him as the Outstanding Music Educator of the Year for the Olympic region. He is also Director of Student Life at the highly regarded Sitka Fine Arts Camp during the summer.
Gary Dahl – Assistant Conductor/Personnel Manager
Garyis a resident of Silverdale and teaches in the Central Kitsap School District. Originally from Montana, Gary attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma where he earned his BA in Music Education in 1984. He began his teaching career in Omak, Washington, and in 1985 also became conductor of the Okanogan Valley Orchestra. Under Dahl’s leadership, the orchestra grew significantly, both in numbers and in its level of musicianship. In addition to subscription concerts, he led more than a dozen musical shows, including both Broadway standards (Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Guys and Dolls) and light operas by Gilbert & Sullivan. During his tenure in Omak, he took leave to complete his studies at Western Washington University and earned his Masters in Conducting in 1990. Mr. Dahl was then accepted to study conducting with Gunther Schuller at The Festival at Sandpoint, after which he returned to his teaching and conducting roles in Omak. In 1998, he moved to Kitsap County to accept his current position in the Central Kitsap School District.
Mr. Dahl remains musically active both as a conductor and percussionist. He studies timpani with Michael Crusoe (principal timpanist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra), and serves as principal timpanist and personnel manager of the Bremerton Symphony Association. He is the choir director at Summit Avenue Church in Bremerton. In the past, Mr. Dahl has also served as conductor for the Millennium Music Series Association, the Kitsap Youth Symphony and for the Bremerton Community Theatre’s productions of South Pacific, The Mikado, and 1776. Gary and his wife Tineke, BSA principal second violin, have two children.
Mary-Cathern Edwards – Music Librarian
Mary-Cathern responsible for preparing all music and folders for the instrumental ensembles of the BSA. She also orders the music and maintains the BSA music library.