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Dancing to Live Music
Dancing to live music is an important part of a dancer's education. Live music provides a pulse, rhythm, and heartbeat to dance movement and gestures. It helps our students kinetically connect with their bodies and cultivate their musicality and artistry. At Evergreen City Ballet, we are fortunate to have dedicated and experienced musicians to play for our ballet technique classes, for levels IV and up.


Music Director, Conductor

Barney Blough holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and a Master of Music Education degree from Central Washington University. He studied conducting with Larry Gookin and Nikolas Caoile at Central Washington University; Vilem Sokol, Director Emeritus of the Seattle Youth Symphony; Stewart Kershaw, Principal Conductor of the Pacific Northwest Ballet; and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Gunther Schuller.


Also a talented horn player, Mr. Blough has performed with numerous orchestras and ensembles throughout the Northwest, including Yakima Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Federal Way Symphony, and Orchestra Seattle. He conducted his first ECB Nutcracker in 2001 and has conducted over fifty Nutcracker performances since then, as well as Swan Lake, Giselle, and Cinderella.


Currently, he is the Director of the Sinfonia Orchestra with Bellevue Youth Symphony, and Director of the Newport High School Orchestra in the Bellevue School District.




Piano Accompanist

Art Koshi is a pianist and composer from Honolulu, HI, who has been accompanying ballet and modern dance classes since 1997. Art works as a dance accompanist for Cornish College of the Arts, The University of Washington, Dance Fremont, Seattle Theatre Group, and All That Dance. In addition to the piano, Art plays percussion, guitar, and bass. His composition experience includes soundtracks for indie movies and recordings for dance concerts. Art has also played for improv theater groups such as Jet City Improv and On the Spot, with whom he’s performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, the Austin’s Out of Bounds Festival and the Seattle Improv Festival.



Piano Accompanist

David Kellogg, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a classically trained pianist adept and at home with all styles of music.  He graduated cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in piano performance with a minor in harpsichord. He is noted for his work both as a solo pianist and a collaborative pianist.

​In addition to his work with the Cascade Foothills Chorale, he is the Collaborative Pianist for Chorale Sounds Northwest out of Burien, Washington.  In addition, he currently works with Evergreen City Ballet and Tacoma City Ballet as a dance accompanist.  His private studio of piano students includes children, youth and adults.  He also entertains residents at several local retirement communities.  In the past he has 35+ years in church music in various roles ranging from pianist/organist to choral/instrumental director to music program director.



Piano Accompanist

Bio coming soon!



Piano Accompanist

Marleen Land is originally from Milwaukee, WI and has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1989. She began accompanying ballet classes at Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1992. She currently accompanies dance classes at Evergreen City Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, All That Dance, and has played for just about every dance studio in the area. She has been a piano accompanist for workshops, auditions, master classes, summer intensives, company classes, and performances.


Marleen is also a state certified K-12 music teacher in five states. She is on the music staff at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle, where she was the Assistant Youth Choir Director (grades 3-5) and the Director of the Handbell Choir. Marlene’s motto is “Will Play Piano for Food!” Marleen loves music and dance, so here at Evergreen City Ballet she is living’ the dream.

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