Our Mission Statement
Serving and enriching Seattle-based communities for whom composition is at the center of their craft.
- To bring Seattle composers together in a non-competitive atmosphere to share ideas, disseminate pertinent information, and attract guest speakers of interest to the group.
- Publicize the organization through concerts, sponsorship by other professional organizations in an effort to promote the SCA and the Seattle composers’ community as a whole.
- Expand our organization so that it includes a large enough membership to support small functions and attract the attention of larger national organizations.
Our Board of Directors
The SCA board members are all accomplished composers and music industry professionals living and working in the Puget Sound area.
Composer, guitarist and Executive Director of the Seattle Composers Alliance, Michaud Savage, is based in Seattle, WA. As a solo and ensemble guitarist, Michaud is comfortable working in a wide spectrum of musical styles, and his training includes but is not limited to jazz, classical, tango, rock, blues, rhythm and blues, latin folkloric music, and whatever other musical frontiers he happens upon. As a composer, his work includes compositions for chamber ensembles, orchestra, electronics, Max/MSP, and performance art.
Michaud is half of jazz ensemble "Duo Michma," performed in the tango ensemble "Luciernaga," and is an auxilary member of Correo Aereo. Michaud also leads The Ancient Present, a chamber orchestra performing new works. In the past, Michaud has served as musician director and guitarist in the house band for Tuesday Tease burlesque review, has been a regular accompanist in Cabaret Bissou, and is a regular accompanist.
Brad Hawkins is a composer, arranger, and cellist living in Seattle, He orchestrated for Planetary Annihilation at Uber Entertainment, composed music and sound for Redneck Assassin at Bloodshot games, and is composing piano trio arrangements for a couple of publishers including Hal Leonard and FJH. He was founder and artistic director of the Seattle New Music Ensemble, which actively scheduled series performances from 1999-2005, commissioning 23 new works during that time. Brad also performs with 5th Avenue Theater, PNB, Puget Sound String Quartet, Alchymeia, and Late September Dogs. Developing from his roots in garage rock and avant-garde, Brad scored “The Only Time We Have”, directed by Amy Enser, "End of Earth" web series directed by Roger Evans, "SuperWonder" directed by Kevin Owyang, and "Tea for Two" by Jett Atwood.
Susan Maughlin Wood
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.
- President: Susan Maughlin Wood
- Co-Vice President: Amy Denio
- Co-Vice President: Stephen Newby
- Executive Director: Michaud Savage
- Treasurer: Brad Hawkins
- Secretary: Erik Feldman
- Landon Ashby
- Soren Laulainen
- Stan LePard
- Bill Panks
- Kyle Preston
- Brooke Richey
- James Richter
- Brendon Williams