CONNECTING SEATTLE'S MUSIC CREATORS TO
COMMUNITY, EDUCATION, AND OPPORTUNITIES
Founded in the early 2000s by a small group of composers and audio professionals, the Seattle Composers Alliance sought to create a non-competitive community of like-minded professionals and enthusiasts. The first meetings of the SCA were much like what we have today: opportunities to discuss gear, swap stories, share knowledge and collaborate on projects.
Over time, the ways we create, capture, and experience music have evolved. We're here now to bridge the traditional with the new, connecting our members with the techniques, tools, and resources that truly serve the music creator.
We respect and value all of our members. Please see our Code of Conduct.
OFFICERS OF THE BOARD
The SCA board members are all accomplished composers and music industry professionals living and working in the Puget Sound area.
Tara Forth is a versatile composer, singer, instrumentalist, and producer who serves as President of the Seattle Composers Alliance. In addition to musical experience and training, Tara's aptitude in creative direction, tech, business strategy and marketing makes her a valuable partner in crafting impactful and memorable audience experiences.
Tara's work includes film scores and custom commercial music. She recently composed the documentary soundtrack for the 'Making Of' APOSTASY, a BAFTA nominated feature film. Tara studied music at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside, performing on trumpet in the Wind and Jazz ensembles.
Amy Denio serves as Vice President on the Board of the Seattle Composers Alliance.
An award-winning composer and producer, she was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in March, 2015. She is a multi-instrumentalist who sings four octaves, and has produced over 50 recordings solo and in collaboration with artists worldwide.
She started her record label Spoot Music in 1990.
Denio composes for modern dance, film and theater. Her composition ‘Dishwasher’ was included in the Venice Biennale in 1993. Her interactive public Sonic Bench is now displayed permanently at the Vashon Island WA Parks Department Office. Her music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, REDCAT in LA, and by 25,000 people at a festival in Bursa Turkey in September, 2016.
Since 1990, she has gone on 100 concert tours. She co-founded Tone Dogs, The Entropics, her all-women sax quartet The Tiptons (1988-present) and joined Kultur Shock in 1999.
Denio has played concerts and taught musical workshops at festivals, clubs, prisons, churches, sanctuaries, subways, universities, squats and abandoned buildings perched on 6 continents.
Andrew Joslyn, composer, orchestrator, and multi-instrumentalist is an award-winning musical polymath (3x BMI Pop and Hip-Hop Award winner) whose passion for collaboration has led him to work with a remarkably diverse group of world-class artists, touring the world, performing, co-writing and arranging music for the last three Macklemore albums including the 4 time Grammy winning The Heist. Along the way he has amassed an extensive list of writing, orchestrating, recording and touring credits that include: Judy Collins, Leslie Odom Jr., Kygo, ODESZA, K Flay, Pierre Kwender, Tom Chaplin (Keane) David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), Doug Martsch (Built to Spill), Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate), Father John Misty, Brazilian singer-songwriter Nando Reis (2018 Latin Grammy winning album), the Seattle Rock Orchestra and many others.
Most recently, Andrew co-wrote, performed strings and arranged horns for pop star Kesha’s first single, Praying, from her new album, Rainbow, which shot to #1 the first week of release. He wrote the scores for Macklemore’s premier performance with the Seattle Symphony and scored compositions for Blind Pilot’s performance with the Oregon Symphony.
As a composer, Andrew scored, performed and produced film scores for the Hollywood films Hickok (2018), American Violence (2017) , Life with Dog (2019), and the independent films Relentless, The Lumber Baron (Lionsgate 2019) and The Soviet Sleep Experiment (2019). He is one of the main composers for the immensely popular and award winning true crimes podcast Casefile:True Crime, which since its start in 2016 has close to 170 million total downloads. In addition, he has supplied string compositions & performances for the popular FOX TV show, Bob’s Burgers.
Andrew’s genre bending first solo album, Awake at the Bottom of the Ocean which was released in 2017, is best described as Orchestral Pop, sophisticated, music that touches on a variety of styles from Classical to Pop. The record garnered critical acclaim upon release, from news sources including: Paste, Yahoo Music, NPR, Huffington Post, Hype Machine, Afropunk Seattle Weekly, and Nada Mucho. His music has been featured on KEXP and their Music That Matters Podcast. His music has also been featured in TV shows such as Gray’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, and Lorraine.
Her numerous collaborators involve Amy Denio (Kultur Shock), Julie Slick (The Adrian Belew Power Trio), and she was a participant of Robert Fripp’s Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists XIII. Most recently, Jane composed a 33 minute guitar piece for Rivers of Industry - a Daipan butoh dance presented at the 2019 Seattle International Butoh Festival.
Currently she sings, writes music, and plays guitar in Virago, plays bass in Love and Fury, and plays guitar in Amy Denio’s Istina Orkestar. She has performed at festivals such as SXSW, The Women Who Rock (un)Conference, and various clubs throughout the world.
SUSAN MAUGHLIN WOOD
Susan Maughlin Wood is an award-winning independently contracting composer working concert music into film, apps, and other media. She holds a Master of Music in Film Composition from the Pacific NW Film Scoring Program at SFI, and has served as both Past President and Vice President on the Board of the Seattle Composers Alliance. Her music video Spectratta, (2016) described as Bartok meets Hanna-Barbera, enjoyed a whirlwind international film festival circuit and won awards including Best Music Video and Best Cinematography.
Her enthusiastic forays into representatives from each section of the orchestra have yielded stronger idiomatic writing for all instruments. Susan’s long background in classical piano was the foundation of the single Between the Quiet off of her debut solo album High Relief released under singer-songwriter artist Susan Court.
Susan has engaged as a panelist at SPU and SIFF, and has presented a film scoring multimedia lecture at Centralia College. She has created soundscapes for the story reading app Novel Effect, created electronic and acoustic interstitial music for choral concert Embracing the Journey, and continuously develops varied passion projects. Her Global Music Award-winning recent release Coastal Fire: A Common Diary Soundtrack (2019) is headed for festivals and an educational run alongside Spectratta emphasizing neurodiversity and the integration of emotional intelligence and resilience within our shared political climate.
Christian Pincock is a composer, trombonist and educator who creates a wide range of adventurous and eclectic music. Expanding from a firm background in jazz, his work draws upon a multitude of experiences to create unique and innovative music that seeks to explore new concepts and processes.
Christian performs as Tightrope on trombone and computer using custom controllers and computer software for live control over computer-generated sounds and processing. Christian is also Artistic Director and Conductor of Scrambler, a group of artists who use physical signs based on Walter Thompson’s Soundpainting sign language to convey ideas in real-time in performance.
Focused deeply on education as well, Christian has taught and directed bands at Cornish College of the Arts, the University of New Mexico, the New Mexico Jazz Workshop and public school systems in Boston, New York, Albuquerque and Seattle. He has led workshops on composition, electronic music, ensemble playing and improvisation at schools, arts organizations and festivals including University of Colorado Colorado Springs; University of California San Diego; the Santa Fe Complex; The Improvising Composer; and the International Society for improvising Musicians.
Christian holds a Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Bob Brookmeyer and John McNeil and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in jazz studies where he studied with Steve Turre and David Taylor. His continuing education experiences include the Music OMI residency (2007) and The Banff Center Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music (2005).
Brooke holds a BA in Music Composition from Seattle Pacific University. She has continued to in higher education, attending the annual Cascade Conducting Workshop over two consecutive years. The workshop is directed and led by Ballard Civic Orchestra and Sarah Ioannides of Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Brooke holds a minor in Worship Arts, which has brought her to Music Director positions with an array of Christian Church congregations in the Seattle area.
Brooke's background consists of trumpet-playing, jazz chorus/ensembles for both voice and trumpet, gospel chorus, concert chorus, bell choir, and worship leading. She began writing songs in her teenage years and moved into composition once she got to college. With her composition, Brooke has coordinated and performed her works at the Seattle Composers Salon, recorded her first quartet and nocturne, and began working on a musical theatre piece in 2018. Brooke specializes in vocal performance, composing, conducting, and her songwriting. Currently Brooke is focused on the fundraising and production of her first album. The work in its entirety is intended to create jobs for musicians, spread awareness about the importance of mental health and give back to these efforts with her completed project.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
The SCA is fortunate to retain the expertise and service of highly accomplished music creators who have served on the SCA Board in years past. Our Advisory Board provides invaluable assistance in creating and managing programs and events that facilitate learning, networking, and inspiration.
Steve Turnidge is a noted mastering engineer at UltraViolet Studios with hundreds of albums and thousands of music tracks to his credit. With over 30 years experience in the Pro Audio electronics industry, he specializes in mixed digital and analog printed circuit board design. Steve has expertise in all aspects of electronics manufacturing, including assembly, mechanical, cosmetic, logo and ergonomic design. He has strong marketing, management and problem solving skills, with keen interests in Science and Philosophy. Steve is an author for Hal Leonard Books and taught Audio Recording at Shoreline Community College and currently teaches mastering at local studios. He is past Chair of the Audio Engineering Society (PNW Section) and past Governor of The Recording Academy.