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Music Director and Conductor,
Dr. Paul-Elliott Cobbs



Renowned in the cradle of 18th century classicism and 19th century romanticism - Vienna - and in Germany, Maestro Paul-Elliott Cobbs is a unique voice in the international music community.

Educated at the Akademie für Musik, Vienna, Cobbs possesses an intimate knowledge of European masterworks combined with rare expertise in American multiculturalism. His interpretation of William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony - the subject of his doctoral thesis - is considered definitive by many.

A popular guest conductor, Cobbs appears frequently with orchestras and ensembles in Europe, Asia and the United States including Vienna's Festival Chamber Orchestra, members of the Dresden and Leipzig Opera, the Kamimura Wind Ensemble in Kagoshima, Japan; and the Seattle Symphony.

Cobbs’ 2006 sold-out appearance in Carnegie Hall was a resounding success. His reading of the Afro-American Symphony was the first on that stage since the composer conducted the work 30 years prior. In 2008, Cobbs conducted concerts in Baltimore, MD; Alexandria, VA; and Washington DC. Each received standing ovations.

In 2008, Cobbs received, with his wife, Loma, the Lifetime Achievement Award from ArtsFund, located in Seattle Washington.

Other recent appearances in Poland include Filharmonia Szczeinska, Szczecin; Filharmonia Opolska, Opole; Filharmonia Baltycka, Gdansk; and the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra, Lodz. Invitations to perform in England, Spain and China are under consideration.

A talented and inspirational educator, Cobbs is known for his insightful pre-concert lectures, educational and children' concerts, and his work with youth symphonies, school, regional and All-State orchestras.

Cobbs began his conducting career at age 21 as Associate Conductor of the Detroit Metropolitan Symphony, Principal Conductor of its chamber orchestra and frequent guest conductor of the Michigan Opera.

Having completed 26 years as Music Director and Conductor of the Everett Symphony and 5 years as director of orchestral programs for Central Washington University, Dr. Cobbs is currently Music Director for the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and Music Director and Conductor of the Everett Philharmonic.

Cobbs received his Doctorate in Conducting from the University of Washington. He completed an undergraduate degree in Music Education at Wayne State University.

Dr. Cobbs conducted the Sussex Symphony in Brighton, England in March 2010 to critical acclaim.  Although well performed in Europe, this was his first appearance in England.  Subsequently, he was invited to serve as "Regular Guest Conductor" for the Sussex Symphony.


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Our Musicians



The Everett Philharmonic Orchestra musicians come from varying professional backgrounds united by their passion for performing symphonic music.  Under the baton of Dr. Cobbs this group has played together for upwards of a quarter century.




1st Violin

2nd Violin



Patrice Weed Shearer, Concertmaster

Carrie Penner,  Principal

Cheryl Harris,  Principal

Cami Davis, Principal

Tom Askew

Teresa Jorgenson, Asst Principal

Christopher Foerstel

Cheryl Lindley, Asst Principal

Gregory Dziekonski

Ned Carrick, Principal Emeritus

Jennifer Glenn

Norma Dermond

Jackie Gause

Katrina Cordi

Carl Moellenberndt

Wendy Elder

Barbara Blair Joss

Robin Enders

Kelly Moore

Tania Halladay

Casey Howard

Karen Greenwalt

Kyle Purnell

Briana Lamb

Mary Knoll

Lola Madison

Richard Vitzhum

Colin Meek

Trevor Lutzenhiser

Kristine Moore


David Takahashi

Marie Reese

Diane Patterson


Margaret VanderWaerden

Ann Skinner

Darlene Rose

Ross Gilliland,, Principal


Michael Streit

Barbara Tacher

Joe Bynum


*Neill Warfield


Tyler Cigich


Rebecca Zanzig


 Mercedes Paynter









Anne Nielsen, Principal

Laurie Swanson, Principal

Cindy Olsen, Principal

Steven Morgan, CoPrincipal

Lynn Douglas-Nicolet

Kristine Kiner, Asst Principal

Ward Drennan

Marlene Weaver, CoPrincipal

*Doris Medlicott (P)

Kara Jamieson (EH)

Cynthia Ely (BC)


Kristin Bateman (P)





French Horn




Michelle Rockwood, Principal

George Steward, Principal

Terry Freeman, Principal

Dale Askew, Principal

*Gary Eneberg

*Gary Meier

Chuck Wiese

Greg Mueller

Lance Ellis

Dan Schmidt

Robert Queisser (BT)


Colleen Neal Hall




Tonya Harris




Judith Lamb


A. Todd Parks, Principal

A. Todd Parks, Principal




Rick Mower, Asst Principal

Elaine Yale Weltz, Principal

Karen Southworth Weaver, Principal


Josh Zimmerman


(P)Piccolo   (EH)English Horn   (BC)Bass Clarinet   (BT)Bass Trombone

*On Leave


Cami Davis, Operations Manager

Patrice Weed Shearer, Personnel Manager

Anne Nielsen, Librarian


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