Philip Dungey, president and director.
Students of Mr. Dungey have won state and national competitions and every year earn positions in All-State, regional and national honor bands. Dungey bases his teaching on solid music foundations and then seeks out opportunities for his students. His bands have won the award for Best Overall Middle School and Junior High Band at the Silverwood Music in the Parks Festival, performed in Disneyland eight times, and won the Salmon Days Marching Band competition. In every band category, ensembles he has coached have advanced to the WIAA WMEA State Solo & Ensemble Competition. Mr. Dungey is the director of bands at Pacific Cascade Middle School. Previous positions include Eastside Catholic School, Bellevue Christian School, and 8 years of private studio teaching carrying as many as 55 weekly lessons.
Mr. Dungey has dual Master’s Degrees from The University of Akron (OH) in Brass Performance and Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College (IL). He has performed professionally as principal trumpet in the Federal Way Symphony, in the trumpet section of the Auburn Symphony and the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, and served for 10 years as the Principal Trumpet of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Mr. Dungey performed as principal French Horn with the Greenwood Concert Band and in the French Horn section with the Washington Wind Symphony.
Mr. Dungey enjoys living in Issaquah with his musical family he is very proud of. His son and the eldest, Clayton, completed his Master’s Degree in Tuba Performance at the University of Delaware, and did his undergraduate studies in tuba and computer science at BIOLA in Los Angeles, his daughter, Natalie, recently performed as trumpet soloist with Josh Groban and now studies at UCLA, and his youngest daughter, Faith, plays French Horn at the University of North Dakota and in the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.
Eric T. Peterson, Percussion Coach & Consultant
Mr. Peterson has taught bands in the Lake Washington School District at all levels for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Bands at Evergreen Middle School. Mr. Peterson is the principal percussionist of the Seattle Wind Symphony, has toured Europe with the Tacoma Concert Band and performs with several ensembles in the area, including the Ensign Symphony at Benaroya Hall. Mr. Peterson has a passion for how band membership develops leadership in students. Here is a terrific article featuring spot on comments from Mr. Peterson about the importance of music education: http://www.redmond-reporter.com/life/the-benefits-of-playing-music-kids-who-play-in-a-band-do-better-in-math-and-reading-research-shows/
Rose Johnson, Principal Flute Ensign Symphony
Rose V. Johnson, flutist, performs and teaches private flute lessons in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. Rose is a member of the Pacific Sound Woodwind Quintet and is principal flute of the Ensign Symphony and Chorus. Rose received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Instrumental Music Performance from Northern Arizona University. She received her Master of Music degree from the University of Washington. Her flute instructors have included Erich Graf, Janice Tipton, Philip Swanson, Felix Skowronek and Pamela Ryker. She has also received instruction from Scott Goff, Alexa Still, and Patricia George.
Emil Khudyev, Associate Principal Clarinet Seattle Symphony
Prior to joining the Seattle Symphony, clarinetist Emil Khudyev has performed with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra. Khudyev was appointed as instructor of clarinet at the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2014. Prior to this position, he served as the acting Associate Principal, Second and E-flat Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony. Born in Turkmenistan, Khudyev began his musical training under the auspices of the Moscow Conservatory, and, at age 7, was admitted to the Special Music School of Turkmenistan. Khudyev received his bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Franklin Cohen and his master’s degree at the Yale School of Music with clarinetist David Shifrin. Khudyev also studied at the Colburn Conservatory for his Artist Diploma under Yehuda Gilad. He has attended Tanglewood Music Festival, the Colorado College Music Festival and the Sarasota Music Festival.
Christopher Stingle, 2nd Trumpet Seattle Symphony
A native of Philadelphia, Christopher Stingle joins the Seattle Symphony as second trumpet after performing eight seasons with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as the Assistant Principal Trumpet and four seasons with the Santa Fe Opera as Principal trumpet. Stingle has enjoyed a varied musical career, including symphony, chamber music and solo appearances up and down the East Coast. He has also made frequent appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, and Fort Worth Symphony. Stingle graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2009, studying with David Bilger. Other influential teachers include Jeffrey Curnow at Temple University, James Thompson at the Eastman School of Music and Joe Burgstaller. A Yamaha Artist, Stingle enjoys hiking with his dog, Abby, a German shepherd, and making the perfect cup of coffee.
It is expected that Eastside Youth Band members participate in their school programs. There would have to be a compelling reason not to, such as a schedule conflict that would otherwise result in the inability to graduate from school. We believe band is the one of the most important classes in school and is a strong motivator to go to school. Loyalty and leadership are critical values that are built in school band programs. College completion rates are highest among students who are committed to their school programs. Keep playing and be a bright star wherever you are, making a positive difference for everyone around you.