Michael Clark

Director, Pianist

Since graduating from PLU with a music degree in 2013, Mr. Clark has been an active performer, composer, and teacher in the Puget Sound region. Past teachers include Dr. Gregory Youtz, Dr. Oksana Ezhokina, Dr. Jeffery-Bell Hanson, and Dr. Jane Harty -- herself a student of Nadia Boulanger, who taught Aaron Copland, Daniel Barenboim, and Philip Glass, among others. 

Mr. Clark currently works with a thriving studio of over 30 students, young and old. His students consistently rank highly in regional competitions, and furthermore have accepted positions at music schools around the country, most notably APU and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Mr. Clark worked with Emmy-award winning producers to score the documentary "Namibia Nine" in 2015, and currently scores the weekly podcast "This is Design School", now in it's fourth season and available on iTunes. He also serves as acting director for the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle's annual competition, and is a board member at Music Northwest, in Seattle. 


Mr. Clark believes in a collaborative approach to learning, and challenges his students in unique and innovative ways, with and without technology, to foster an effective, therapeutic --- and importantly -- fun, learning process.

Dalton Rouse

Guitar, Production, Voice

Dalton Rouse was born and raised in the greater Seattle area. He began playing music seriously at the age of 12 when he received an electric guitar as a gift. With the help of his guitar teacher, Chris Meadors, Dalton quickly learned the basics of blues, rock, jazz, and metal guitar playing. At age 14, Dalton started playing and singing in his first band, Just Cuz. This cover band played a setlist of about 40 songs in various venues throughout the greater Seattle area. Eventually, this band morphed into an all-originals project called Clear the Chaos. This created opportunities to play more high-profile events such as Bite of Seattle, Taste of Tacoma, and Seattle Hempfest. In highschool, Dalton sang in choral ensembles, played tuba in wind ensembles, and played guitar in jazz ensembles. During this time, he took vocal lessons from Pamela Moore and Erin Guinup. Dalton went on to study music at Pacfic Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. During these four years, he participated in the prestigious Choir of the West. As part of this ensemble, Dalton sang and played guitar on Ēriks Ešenvalds’ 2020 album release, There Will Come Soft Rains. The group also won the Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in Linz, Austria. At PLU, Dalton took private vocal lessons from Barry Johnson, composition lessons from Dr. Gregory Youtz and Dr. John Paul, and guitar lessons from Dr. Stephen Howland. Through these studies, Dalton gained a solid grasp of music theory, ear training, and the relevance of the classical music tradition. After attending Pacific Lutheran University, Dalton went on to receive a diploma in audio engineering and music production from SAE Institute Vancouver. Here he learned the skills to effectively produce, record, mix, and master music. In addition, this experience afforded him a more in-depth knowledge of music in relation to the harmonic series, consonance, dissonance, timbre, and rhythm. Upon graduation, Dalton taught multiple vocal performance workshops at SAE Institute Vancouver, before returning home to the greater Seattle area.

Alex Domine

Voice, Musical Theater

Mr. Domine earned a music degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 2012, where he focused his studies on solo voice, musical theater, and choral music. He is well versed in a range of musical theater styles, and has appeared in leading/ensemble roles in such productions as Les Miserables, Urinetown, Sweeney Todd, RENT, Once on this Island, Seussical the Musical, Legally Blonde, The Wiz, Jersey Boys, and Disney's Newsies.


Mr. Domine's prior instructors include Louis Hobson (Original Broadway Cast of Next to Normal); solo voice from Lesichen Moore and Barry Johnson (Seattle Opera); vocal technique and pedagogy from Dr. Jim Brown (Julliard School of Music); conducting and choral studies from Dr. Richard Nance — who regularly premieres works from film composers and conducts select works for the 5th Avenue Theatre.


Mr. Domine is currently most active in the local arts  scene as a performer, and as a youth theater director. As director, Mr. Domine led large casts in Best of Modern Broadway, Shrek, and moreover provided individual vocal coaching for young actors in local productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Music Man, Cinderella, and Junie B. Jones the Musical. His directing credits also include musical revues and scenes with college-level students, age 18 - 22, to whom he taught dance, vocal technique, and acting.


Mr. Domine currently works at Charles Wright Academy, which emphasizes active, joyful learning in its curriculum. Mr. Domine is thrilled to accept new vocal students at the Music Lab. 

Emily Golan

Violin, Viola, Orchestra

Ms. Golan is both a performer and an educator. She holds a bachelors degree in Violin Performance from Whitworth University, and a masters of music in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from Central Washington University (CWU). She is also a certificated public school music teacher in Washington. 
As a violinist, Ms. Golan has performed in university, professional, and community orchestras, including the Whitworth Symphony, the CWU Symphony Orchestra, the CWU Chamber Orchestra, the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, the Mid-Columbia Symphony, the Wenatchee Valley Symphony, and the Olympia Symphony. In addition to the violin, she also played viola in various chamber ensembles throughout college. Ms. Golan has also performed and recorded with various local bands and performing artists, including the Bryson Foster Band, Kurt Lindsay, Champagne Sunday, and her own band, the Desert Fathers. 

Ms. Golan currently teaches orchestra in the Tacoma Public Schools. Additionally, she serves as faculty for the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association’s summer orchestra camps, the Evergreen Music Festival. As a college student at Whitworth, she was TA for music theory classes, which required her to grade homework, run study sessions, and occasionally teach the class. As a graduate student at CWU, Ms. Golan taught ear training courses for undergraduate students, graded music theory homework, and proctored ear training exams. She also taught in the university’s after school music program, then co-started her own after school classes when the university program took an unexpected hiatus. Ms. Golan started teaching violin and viola lessons while in high school, and has a passion for music education. She believes everyone is capable of participating in music, no matter their experience level or age. She enjoys finding ways to help every student understand and be successful, and loves to think creatively when problem solving for student comprehension. 
In her spare time, Ms. Golan enjoys writing music for her students, playing board games, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

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