Paul-Elliott Cobbs
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Paul Elliott-Cobbs
Everett Philharmonic Orchestra
PO Box 1751
Everett, WA 98206-1751
(206) 270-9729

Tacoma Youth Symphony
901 Broadway Plaza, Suite 500
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 627-2792


Doctor of Music Arts, Conducting. The University of Washington, Seattle. Received 1990. Dissertation title: William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony: a Culturally Inclusive Perspective

Master of Music Arts, Conducting. The University of Washington, Seattle. Received 1981.

Bachelor of Science, Music Education, Wayne State University, Detroit. Received 1973.

Conducting Teachers (USA)
Walter Poole, Detroit Symphony
Elizabeth Green, University of Michigan
Joseph Labuta, Wayne State University
Conducting Teachers (Europe)
Karl Ostereicher, Akademie fur Musik, Vienna, Austria
Sergiu Chelibedachi, Trier, Germany


Employment (selected)

Everett Philharmonic Orchestra - Music Director / Conductor 2010-
Artist in Residence Central Washington University 2002-2004 Ellensburg, Washington
Conduct University Orchestra, Advanced Conducting Seminars
Assistant Professor of Music 1997-2002 Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington
Director of Orchestral Activities, University Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Conducting, Symphonic Literature Survey, Department and University Committees. Host, CWU Orchestra and Chamber Music Festival. Recruit.
Music Director, Cebreros Music Festival 2002-present Madrid, Spain
Oversee Recruitment of 30 young professional string players from Spain and North American and Faculty. Plan and conduct concerts.
Guest Conductor 1996-present
All State Orchestra, Indiana
All State Orchestra, Montana
Festival of the States, Washington DC
Filharmonia Opolska, Poland
Artur Rubinstein Philharmonia, Poland
Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver, Washington
Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonia Szczecinskie, Szczecin, Poland
Polska Filharmonia Baltycka w Gdansku, Poland
Cebreros Music Festival, Spain
Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, Poland
Sussex Symphony Orchestra, Brighton, England
Poznin Academy Orchestra, Poznin, Poland
Turin Chamber Orchestra, Germany
National Philharmonic of Slovakia, Slovakia
Seattle Symphony
All State Orchestra, Idaho
All State Orchestra, Washington
Erzgebirgisches Sinfonie Orchester, Germany
Westsachsischen Philharmonie, Germany
Carnegie Hall Youth Concert Series, New York
American Academy in Rome Summer Concert Series, Italy
Music Director 1996-present, Tacoma Youth Symphony, Tacoma, Washington
Oversee 4 conductors, 30 coaches and 550 students. Provide leadership for the 6 orchestra conductors of the Youth Symphony. Plan the music recruit of the staff and conduct the festival orchestra for the Evergreen music festival and chamber music festival and chamber orchestra concert
Music Director, 1984-2010, Everett Symphony, Everett, Washington
Oversee the orchestra, principals, Assistant conductor and guest conductors. Plan a 16 concert season including subscription, education, family, and pops concerts. Conduct requisite concerts
Department Chair 1989-1998 , Northwest School of the Arts and Humanities Seattle, Washington
Conductor, 2 international chamber orchestras, teach music theory, recruit students, coordinate a 5 faculty department
Music Director 1981-1986
Everett Youth Symphony Everett, Washington
Music Director 1976-1978
Church of England Vienna, Austria
Research Assistant 1976-1978
HC Robbins Landon Vienna, Austria
Associate Conductor 1973-1975
Detroit Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra


Current Professional Affiliations

Past Board member-Washington Music Educator Associations
American Symphony Orchestra league member
The Conductor’s Guild member
Sigma Alfa Iota



Voice Magazine, Orchestra Curriculum, Washington Music Educators
Vol. XLVI, No 1, October, 2000
Vol. XLVI, No 2, January, 2001
Vol. XLVI, No 3, March, 2001
Vol. XLVI, No 4, May, 2001
Vol. XLVII, No 1, October, 2001
Vol. XLVII, No 2 January, 2002
Vol. XLVII, No 3 March, 2002
Vol. XLVII, No 4 May, 2002



current references available upon request


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