Local classical veteran among Seattle Symphony’s musician hires

Posted on: October 6, 2015

In Monday’s (10/5) Seattle Times, Tom Keogh interviews Brittany Boulding, “one of four new full-time musicians introduced last week by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra: bassist Ted Botsford, acting principal bass of the Oregon Symphony; John Turman, newly appointed third horn (and principal horn of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra); and Alexander White, third/assistant principal trumpet, a role he held with SSO on temporary contract from 2012 to 2014. Boulding, 33, a native of the area, has been a frequent player with Seattle Symphony. ‘I moved back here five years ago,’ she says, ‘and got a job with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) as associate concertmaster, as well as concertmaster for Northwest Sinfonietta and the Auburn Symphony. I’ve been playing with Seattle Symphony regularly and auditioned last spring.’ What, exactly, is the responsibility of a second violin? ‘Blending in well with the rest of your section, listening to the whole orchestra and finding that spot where you fit in just right,’ Boulding says.… Boulding is also having an impact on Northwest Sinfonietta (NWS), which recently changed from a top-down artistic leadership structure to collaboration between orchestra musicians and rotating guest directors.”

Posted October 6, 2015