Michael Owcharuk (he/him)

Michael Owcharuk is a composer, arranger, pianist, dance accompanist, and educator. His love of all music compels him to work in a variety of styles, especially: jazz, classical, new music, Slavic folk, and music for dance and theatre. He leads the Michael Owcharuk Ensemble and is an accompanist for The Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Dance Fremont. Besides his own projects, Michael works musically supporting and collaborating with a diverse range of local artists. His music has been featured on/by: NPR, KEXP, SIFF, Bumbershoot, Earshot Jazz, The 1448 Projects, Jack Straw Productions, Bushwick Bookclub Seattle, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Café Nordo, Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT, Karin Stevens Dance, Coriolis Dance, Freehold Theatre, Theatre22, Seattle Public Theatre, ArtsWest, Verlaine & McCann Present, and many others.

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.

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.