Conductor to lead county Music Project

  • Wed May 23rd, 2012 1:22pm
  • Life

Herald staff

Kim Roy conducted herself right into a job.

Roy took over the baton in March when the Sound Edge Pops orchestra put on a Beatles tribute benefit, which raised more than $100,000 for local seniors.

She was then offered and accepted a position as the music director of the nonprofit Snohomish County Music Project.

“I’m thrilled to begin work with an organization that is committed to helping the community, as well as to helping sustain professional musicians and advance music education,” Roy said in a prepared statement.

In her new role, Roy has several initiatives to guide along as well as overseeing the music project’s Sound Edge Pops orchestra.

Roy will be the technical assistant to the music project’s advocacy program, whose goal is to keep music education in the public schools.

To do that, Roy will be helping to provide a flutelike recorder to all fourth- and fifth-grade students in the county by implementing the Link Up Program in partnership with Carnegie Hall. This project goes into full swing during the 2012-2013 school year.

Roy will also help the project’s Music as Medicine program that offers therapy in the form of music performance to veterans, victims of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and stroke, and at-risk youth.

Roy will also help operate the Everett Music Hall at Everett Mall. Available at a low cost to performers, the music hall is a community performing space also used by nonprofit and charity groups for fundraising events.

Roy earned her master’s degree in orchestral conducting in 2009 from Central Washington University. She conducts the Seattle Rock Orchestra and has appeared with the Seattle Youth Symphony, Westside Symphony, CWU Symphony and Wenatchee Symphony. She is also a public school music teacher and violist and works as an upper-strings specialist for the Seattle Youth Symphony’s outreach program, according to her biography.

“Kim Roy is an incredible talent. We are fortunate to have her join us,” said Roger Pawley, Snohomish County Music Project’s executive director. “Not only does she understand the artistic side, but she also understands our transition into a human services agency.”