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.
Matty Noble is a performing and studio violinist specializing in odd meters, punk, metal, improvisation and folk styles inspired by Romani and Balkan traditional music. He has played hundreds of concerts in the US and across Europe in bands, orchestras, and theater productions, for audiences sitting, standing, moshing, and line dancing. In addition to live performance, he composes experimental electronic/acoustic music. Matty lives and works in Seattle.
Gretta Harley is a composer, songwriter, performer and educator who has been creating music in Seattle since 1990. Named one of the ”50 Women Who Rock Seattle” in the Seattle Weekly, she has composed music for theatre, orchestra, chamber ensembles, vocal ensembles, rock bands, electronic music, and film. She co-wrote and produced the original play, “These Streets” that brought light to the otherwise unrecognized Seattle women rockers who were involved in the now famed “grunge” era of the 1990s. She co-founded Home Alive, a non-profit organization offering free and low-cost self-defense classes to people in the Seattle area. Gretta co-produced the iconic first benefit album, “Home Alive, The Art of Self-Defense” on Epic/Sony Records. Gretta taught music at Cornish College of the Arts for eleven years. She holds a Dalcroze certificate, a BM in music composition and an AA in jazz performance. "These Streets" was awarded grants from 4Culture, and Seattle Office of Arts and Culture; and a Gypsy Rose Lee Award nomination for best music in a play.
As a kid, one of James's favorite things to do was to have the house to himself and spend the day composing music on an instrument that was a rough predecessor of a DAW. He also had the opportunity to work with an extraordinary commercial orchestral arranger - which helped fuel his own composing and arranging. James majored in Communications and completed a masters in Education. After teaching for a few years, he began creating educational and communications computer-based media for universities, the private sector, and public sector. In this work he learned to adapt to quickly changing media technologies including video, audio, and animation. He continued music composition and arranging throughout this time.
James's current work combines his media skills with his composition skills, and includes an award-winning 3D Live Action Music Video entitled Salish Dream.
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 Kirk is a nationally recognized composer for multi-media, and runs Steve Kirk Pop Studios based out of Seattle, Washington. His recent projects include Ron Gilbert’s Thimbleweed Park and most recently, Bartlow’s Dread Machine (original soundtrack is now available on Bandcamp). Steve's catalogue of previous works includes iOS release Skurvy Skallywags for Beep Games, Cookie Jam for SGN, Cantina music for the Star Wars MMOL game The Old Republic, the Disney PC version of The Princess And The Frog, the FarmVille theme for Zynga, and Voodoo Vince for Beep Games.
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.