Mary Ann studied for a BMus in piano performance at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri at Kansas City under Dr. Wiktor Labunski, Artist-Emeritus-in-Residence. In 1996 she was invited to Germany as guest company pianist for Ballett Frankfurt, William Forsythe, Artistic Director. She has played company classes for Nacho Duato’s Compañía Nacional de Danza, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Feld Ballets/NY, and Hubbard Street Dance Company. She is a member of American Federation of Musicians and American Guild of Organists. She is a staff musician for the University of Washington Department of Dance and Cornish College of the Arts, College and Preparatory Dance Programs where she serves as Summer Dance Musician Coordinator. Presently she is choir director, organist, and pianist for Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle. She is now WSPA lead principal Music Instructor.
Jeff Ferguson’s passion for music, drumming and rhythm began with playing the snare drum in his second grade school band. Garage rock and a respect for the blues followed, later overtaken by an intense interest in jazz music, its history, and the ongoing study of jazz drumming. He and his trio have performed weekly, mostly in West Seattle, over most of the last ten years.
His goal is for every student to not only have fun during the learning process, but to gain the self-respect that comes with developing skill on the instrument, even at the most basic level. Understanding rhythmic concepts and how rhythm is a fundamental aspect of our daily experience is a benefit that can enrich anyone’s life, regardless of the level of expertise acquired. Playing music with others and feeling the joy of musical/non-verbal communication is invaluable.
Castle Farinas has played guitar for over 40 years. He hails from Hawaii and is influenced by his Hawaiian roots. Castle enjoys the blues, rock, jazz and is comfortable on acoustic and electric. He pulls from those he has admired throughout his musical journey, musicians like Jimmy Page, SRV, George Benson. He loves teaching beginners and introducing them to the technical basics of guitar. Welcome Castle!
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