Emil de Cou, Music Director/Principal Conductor

Emil de Cou assumed the full-time position of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Music Director and Principal Conductor at the start of the 2011-2012 season. He was associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, participating in a wide range of NSO performances and events following his Wolf Trap debut in 2000. Mr. de Cou debuted at Carnegie Hall as guest conductor for the New York Pops and has also conducted Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He was Principal Pops Conductor for the San Francisco Symphony and served as musical consultant for NASA collaborations, including “Salute to Apollo, the Kennedy Legacy” at the Kennedy Center. In 1985, Mikhail Baryshnikov hired Mr. de Cou to conduct American Ballet Theatre and in 1994, he joined the staff of San Francisco Ballet. He has also conducted New York City Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Hong Kong Ballet, and National Ballet of Holland, among others. Mr. de Cou was born in Los Angeles and studied at the University of Southern California. He was the subject of a documentary on National Public Radio and was chosen from 200 candidates to study in Leonard Bernstein’s master class at the Hollywood Bowl.


Allan Dameron, Conductor

Company Pianists

Allan Dameron, Christina Siemens, Pianists
Stephen Barnes, Yelena Golets, Katja Rubin, Don Vollema, Class Pianists


Violin 1

Michael Jinsoo Lim, Concertmaster
Brittany Boulding, Associate Concertmaster
Lynn Bartlett-Johnson
Natasha Bazhanov†
Stephen Daniels
Tom Dziekonski*
Ella Marie Gray*
Peter Krysa
Rebecca Lowe*
Christine Olason*

Violin 2

Ingrid Fredrickson*, Principal
Rita Lee, Assistant Principal
William Boyd*
Anne Cady*
Adrianna Hulscher
Laurel Wells
Kim Zabelle


Scott Ligocki, Principal
Betty Agent*, Assistant Principal
Tim Christie
Joyce Ramée*
Laura Renz
Eileen Swanson*


Page Smith*, Principal
Virginia Dziekonski*, Assistant Principal
Meg Brennand
Andrea Chandler
Charles Jacot
Brian Wharton


Todd Larsen, Principal
Stephen Schermer, Assistant Principal
Maurice Clubb
Ben Musa


Karla Flygare*, Principal
Laura Werner


Laura Werner


Dan Williams, Principal
Tad Margelli*

English Horn

Tad Margelli


Jennifer Nelson, Principal
Denise Lum

Bass Clarinet/eb Clarinet

Denise Lum


Mona Butler*, Principal
Dana Jackson


Rodger Burnett*, Principal
Danielle Lemieux
Richard Reed*
Ryan Stewart


Richard Werner*


Mark Williams*, Principal
Kay Nichols*

Bass Trombone

Douglas Nierman*


Ryan Schultz, Principal


Phillip Hanson*, Principal


Matthew Kocmieroski*, Principal
Gunnar Folsom


John Carrington, Principal


Allan Dameron
Christina Siemens

Personnel Manager

Rodger Burnett


Mona Butler

  • *Founding members of PNB Orchestra (1989)
  • Revolving members of the string sections are listed alphabetically
  • The Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra is composed of musicians represented by the International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians
  • Sherman Clay & Co. is the official purveyor of pianos for Pacific Northwest Ballet.
  • Steinway & Sons is the official piano of PNB.
  • †On sabbatical leave
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