Carson Farley, cello
Carson Farley studied cello and composition in Los Angeles with professional cellists and composers. He studied music theory and history at the University of Washington. Carson has performed as soloist, with chamber music groups and orchestras, with jazz bands and pop groups, and he has been teaching music privately for 15 years. As a composer, Carson has scored music for video and had his works performed in Seattle. In addition to playing classical music Carson is also a jazz bass player and performs regularly with jazz groups. "I have been interested in music theory and composing since I was a teenager and this has fueled my musical creativity and continues to inspire me as a musician.
Pacific NW Chamber Ensemble
Susan Bloomfield, piano
Susan Bloomfield is a multi-faceted musician with talents as pianist, vocalist, organist, choral director, teacher and composer. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Music Degree from Western Washington University.
In addition to an active performance and teaching schedule, Susan is often asked to lead workshops and masterclasses in church music, feminist musicology and early keyboard technique.
Clement Reid, piano and composition
Clement Reid was born in New York City (1955), beginning piano and composition studies with Allen Brings in Connecticut and graduating from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California, studying composition with Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Earle Brown, Frederick Lesemann, and Leonard Rosenman. He has written varied works including compositions for band, orchestra, chorus, piano solo, ensembles, song cycles, and educational books for piano, guitar, and composition.
The Seattle Times described one of his pieces on the Seattle Spring Festival of Contemporary Music as, “Thoughtful, lyrical.” Mr. Reid has served as panelist for Artist Trust, and presented lectures in composition and taught for St. Martin’s College, Pacific Lutheran University, and Stephen F. Austin University. In 1982 he joined ASCAP, and is a member of MTNA, SCI, American Music Center in New York, and has been a board member of the Washington Composers Forum (1986-’97). He was a Semi-Finalist for the American Prize in Composition for 2013, Bronze Medal Finalist, and Silver Medal – Outstanding Achievement recipient for the Global Music Awards (2017), is included in Marquis Who’s Who in America (Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award – 2018), and in 1999 was chosen as the Washington State Commissioned Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association.
Ian McKnight, flute
Ian graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Music Performance on the flute in 2012. He enjoys performing classical orchestral and chamber music as well as Celtic, bluegrass and old time country music. Ian has composed a number of chamber works and released his first CD of all original music in December 2015. In addition to the modern flute Ian also plays the keyless Irish flute, penny whistle, and bluegrass mandolin. He also enjoys using his loop pedal to create fun instrumental covers of pop songs. During the day he repairs woodwind and brass instruments for Ted Brown Music in Tacoma.