Organizations

Wes is or has been a member of the following organizations:

The Recording Academy

Celebrating music through the GRAMMY Awards for more than 50 years, The Recording Academy continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community.

The GRAMMYs are the only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.

The American Viola Society

Since 1971, the AVS has been dedicated to fostering communication among viola enthusiasts and promoting excellence in every facet of our instrument. Our membership includes leading soloists, orchestral players, chamber musicians, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, luthiers, composers and students of all ages. Here you will find a wealth of resources, including information about our many programs, educational materials, and news from the viola community.

American String Teachers Association

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA’s members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to a collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

Seattle Symphony and Opera Players’ Organization

The Seattle Symphony & Opera Players’ Organization (SSOPO) is the labor organization representing the musicians who perform for the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. The bargaining unit is comprised exclusively of the members of the Seattle Symphony, including the music librarian. The self-governing organization (also referred to as “the Players’ Organization”) is a chapter of the International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians.

International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians

The International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians, also known as “IGSOBM” or “The Guild,” was formed in Seattle as an independent union in 1985. The Guild won its first National Labor Relations Board-supervised elections in 1988, becoming the union representing the musician employees of the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

 

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