Michael Owcharuk (he/him)
Michael holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Cornish College and has received support for his work multiple times from 4Culture, The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and Jack Straw Productions.
Angela Rinaldi (she/her)
Angela Rinaldi began accompanying dance classes in 1979 and currently serves as Principal Accompanist and Dance Musician Coordinator at Spectrum Dance Theater. She has been a Dance Musician at Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department since 1980 and has accompanied ballet and modern dance classes at Pacific Northwest Ballet, University of Washington, Whitman College, Ballet Hawaii, Dance Fremont, Exit Space and Velocity for such notable dance masters as Patricia Barker, Debra Hadley, Magali Messac, Hillary Cartwright, Bill Whitener, Veronica Tenant, Kevin Kaiser, Elaine Bauer and Donald Byrd. As a trained dancer, herself, Angela’s extensive dance background has given her great insight as a dance musician.
Angela is currently a Teaching Artist at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Village Theater’s Kidstage Everett and Youth Theater Northwest teaching musical theatre classes. Along with performing professionally as a singer and actor, she has composed over 225 songs for Variety Plus Theater, which she co-founded in 1995 with her husband, Bob Gribas www.varietyplus.org. She is also an actor, writer and composer for Events on the Edge, performing Interactive Murder Mysteries, Meet the Biscotti’s, A Mafia Musical, and Caffeine, An Addictive Musical. As resident Music Director and Choreographer for the Spring Musical program at Bellevue High School since 2003, she has performed with BHS students in the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2013 and 2017. Angela is also an accompanist for the Dance for Parkinson’s program in the Seattle area and is promoting her Music for Ballet Class and New Age Solo Piano compact discs, available on iTunes. She is a member of ASCAP and a proud member of The Musicians Association of Seattle- Local 76.
Ben Verdier (he/him)
Originally from the Boston area, pianist Ben Verdier lives in Seattle where he adores playing live music for ballet classes. From modern swing in the Czech Republic to salsa in Alaska, he has toured all over the world. Also an accomplished bassist, Ben performs regularly in the Pacific Northwest.