Originally from the Boston area, Cheryl completed undergraduate majors in composition and music education at the University of Lowell (Massachusetts), and holds the Master of Music Degree in organ performance from New England Conservatory. She is currently Director of Music Ministries at Spanaway Lutheran Church, Spanaway, Washington.
Cheryl brings creativity and diversity to her teaching through the exploration of all styles, the occasional use of other instruments with the piano, and by encouraging improvisation and composition in her students. Her students may also play the pipe organ (via a field trip) when the music is suited to the instrument.
Cheryl has served on the National Council of the Organ Historical Society, is Sub-Dean of the Tacoma Chapter, American Guild of Organists, and has, along with Tim, performed organ recitals throughout the Northwest and New England. She is also founder of Jump Into Music, an emerging non-profit program bringing private music instruction to children in need. Cheryl enjoys gardening, camping, and restoring their 1908 Auburn, Washington home.
Tim is a native northwesterner, and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma with degrees in piano and organ performance. He went on to earn a Master of Music in organ from New England Conservatory.
Tim's interest in the inside of organs began in high school, when he worked for organbuilder Byard Fritts. (Byard’s son Paul is now a well known organbuilder.)
American organs of the Victorian period are one of Tim's passions. After college he apprenticed with George Bozeman in New Hampshire and later worked for Richard Bond in Oregon, both known for their work with historic organs.
In 1994, the American Institute Of Organbuilders awarded Tim their Colleague certificate. He is an active musician, Music Director for St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Seattle. He has played for three national conventions of the Organ Historical Society.
Tim enjoys spending time bicycling and hiking the mountains of the northwest.