Karen Early Evans, Chris Burns, Lawrence Bradley

Karen Early Evans

Karen Early Evans, soprano, sings with the Seattle Opera, and has been a soloist with the Tacoma Symphony, the Puget Sound Concert Opera, and the Northwest Sinfonietta. She was chosen as the audience favorite in both the Eleanor Lieber and the Bella Voce competitions. She has also performed the role of the first lady with the Bellevue Opera in their production of the Magic Flute. Karen currently resides in Tacoma with her husband Paul and her two daughters.

Chris Burns

Chris Burns is principal bassist of Symphony Tacoma.  In addition to soloing with Symphony Tacoma, Chris has been a featured soloist on the Second City Chamber Music Series, University of Puget Sound’s Jacobsen Series, and on the University of Washington’s Barry Lieberman and Friends Recital Series. Chris is an active freelance musician in the Northwest, performing regularly with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Northwest Sinfonietta.  Chris received his Bachelors of Music from the New England Conservatory in Boston, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universität für Musik in Vienna, Austria.  In addition to his performing career, Chris is also the orchestra director at Narrows View Intermediate School in the University Place School District.

Lawrence Bradley

Lawrence Bradley, originally from Canterbury, England, studied clarinet and saxophone performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  As a soloist and orchestral musician he performed extensively in Europe, including tours of Switzerland and Belgium.

Before moving to the USA he was a member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra which performed in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.  Since making his home in Tacoma he has played with many ensembles in the area and has been a live guest soloist on Classic King FM representing the Tacoma Concert Band.

He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Puget Sound and a Master's in Curriculum and Administration from Gonzaga University.  His teaching positions have included Kent Education Authority and Surrey Education Authority in England, and coaching positions with the Surrey, Singapore, and Tacoma Youth Orchestras.  He has been a clarinet instructor for the University of Puget Sound Community Music Department and a general music teacher for Bethel School District.  He is currently an instrumental music teacher for University Place School District and was named the district's "Teacher of the Year" in 2001.

When not involved with music he enjoys beekeeping and can also often be found at Fort Nisqually where he is a volunteer re-enactor.

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