West Side Presbyterian Church is delighted to welcome our new Music Minister! Dr. Anthony Spain has conducted choirs in America and Europe including the choir of L’UNESCO (the cultural branch of the United Nations) in Paris, France. He has over fifteen years of church music director experience and has a passion for sacred chorale music and how it serves in worship. Locally he has conducted the Cascadian Chorale, Choral Sounds Northwest, Columbia Choirs,
Northwest Boychoir, Northwest Girlchoir, Northwest Chorale, Seattle Girls Choir, Total Experience Gospel Choir and Vashon Chorale. A noted conductor of large scale choral works, Dr. Spain has conducted pieces such as Brahms’ Requiem, Mahler’s Second Symphony and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem in Benaroya Hall and other concert halls throughout the Northwest.
In additional to his choral work, Anthony Spain has also been Music Director of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra (NWSO) since 1987. He and the NWSO have garnered eight National ASCAP awards for “Programming of Contemporary Music” and recorded several CD’s that have met with critical acclaim both internationally and nationally. In 2017 he and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra were awarded The American Prize in Orchestral Programming – the Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award for 2016-17. Dr. Spain has been a guest conductor with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and conducted orchestras across the country. He has also guest conducted in Hong Kong, been a guest conductor with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Honduras, and most recently guest conducted the Auburn Symphony Orchestra. Both a versatile performer and conductor, he has a Grammy nomination in vocal jazz performance.
Dedicated to education, Dr. Spain is an active clinician and adjudicator and works regularly with students/schools throughout the Seattle and Highline area. In February 2018 he will receive a regional “Friend of Music” award from the WMEA at their annual state conference.
Dr. Spain graduated in 1990 with a Doctorate Degree in Music from the University of Washington, a Masters Degree in Music from Colorado State University in 1986, and a Bachelors Degree in Music (honors) from the University of Northern Colorado in 1984.
A long time resident of West Seattle, he is grateful for the many friends and musical associates at West Side and looks forward to serving the congregation.