About

Over 28 years of making musical dreams come to life.

Our Beginnings

ORS of Tacoma makes performing with an orchestra accessible to motivated students. ORS of Tacoma provides students of all levels and ages the opportunity to perform on a non-competitive basis with live orchestral accompaniment. We have a dedicated group of volunteers hosting events which combine experienced student orchestra musicians, beautiful performance venues, and professional rehearsals.

Our annual series brings student musicians, music lovers and the local community together for a week-long festival to enjoy a variety of music for all ages.

Founded over 28 years ago, by Executive Director Paul Twedt, Orchestral Recital Series of Tacoma is a community of piano teachers, students, families and music enthusiasts who join together to provide students of all ages the opportunity to perform with professional musicians.

​As an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, we maintain a close relationship with the Washington State Music Chapters in Tacoma, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Seattle, and surrounding areas.

Paul Twedt – Founder and Executive Director of ORS.

Paul was born and raised on a farm near Hudson, South Dakota. He started his adventure with music, taking piano lessons at age seven. He has been a music lover all of his life. He studied at Pacific Lutheran University, receiving his degree in Piano Performance and Teaching. He had the opportunity to teach Music in American DODDS schools for two years while living in Spain. Paul also sang for several years with the Tacoma Opera. He has had his own private music studio for over thirty-six years and was inducted into the “Music Hall of Fame” through Washington State Music Teachers Association in 2015.

Paul founded the Orchestral Recital Series in 1992, as he had a desire to see students of any age have the opportunity to perform with professional musicians.

For over twenty years, Paul Twedt has organized the Piano Trio Recitals. He wanted piano students to learn the ensemble skills needed for making music, particularly with string players, at a professional level. As younger students enjoy the costumes and fun of Halloween, this has proven to be an ideal time to introduce them to chamber music, with teacher-arranged string parts for favorite Halloween-themed piano solos. As students grow musically, they then become ready for the really wonderful piano trio repertoire from the likes of Haydn, Schubert and Turina.

Paul is very grateful to the many fellow teachers who continue to enrich their students with this opportunity, to families and community members who volunteer in so many ways, to Brad & Janet for their top notch coaching, and to the students themselves, who make this recital a priority each fall: We are all here because we love to hear you play.

ORS OF TACOMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CORY ALLEN
(Vice President)

SUZIE ​ CHANG

DR. OKSANA ​EZHOKINA

MAGGUE MCGUIRE
(President)

DR. MARIA ​SAMPAN

JENNIFER SORENSEN

PAUL ​TWEDT
(Music Director)

PHYLLIS TWEDT
(Secretary)

CHRIS VANBUSKIRK
(Assistant to the Music Director)

ROBIN WATSON
Treasurer & Fund Development)

SUZIE ​ CHANG

MAGGIE ​MCGUIRE
(President)

JENNIFER ​SORENSEN

PHYLLIS TWEDT
(Secretary)

ROBIN ​WATSON
(Treasurer & Fund Development)

ERIC ZHAO

ORS BRINGS EXPERIENCES TO STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY

Throughout all of the ORS-Tacoma events, you will see the many benefits students and the community experience through the dedication and time of the many teachers, students, musicians, parents and volunteers who make each event an experience to remember.

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