Many of the staff and coaches at MVYSO are also available for private lessons.
Please contact them directly if you are interested in lessons.


MATT CLEGG - [email protected]

Matt holds a Bachelor of Music in Wind Performance from Central Washington Uniiversity as well as a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.  Matt has coached in youth music camps and a variety of other settings.  He is the lead trombone player for Seattle Jazz Night School All-Star Big Band.  He is looking forward to teaching and inspiring our low brass players while also setting an example for a balance life of work and fun. 

NAOMI FANSHIER - [email protected]

Naomi holds a Bachelor's in Music Performance from PLU and is a Master's in Orchestral Conducting candidate at Messiah College. She performs with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, BachFest Orchestra, and Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra, along with many other ensembles throughout the Puget Sound. Naomi is a music consultant for the Auburn School District, and volunteers with Tahoma and Kent School District bands. She has been involved with MVYSO since 2010 and teaches private clarinet and saxophone students. Naomi loves to teach music as a tool to build life skills and have fun while doing so! 

CHERLYN JOHNSON - [email protected]

The MVYSO is thrilled to have  Cherlyn on board the MVYSO staff. She played a big part in the start up of the MVYSO by sending us her top two violin students as part of our original 8 students.  She holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music from North Park University in Chicago. She enjoys a very active career as a performing artist, composer, arranger and private teacher. She loves to help students engage, excel, create and soar. Cherlyn will work with our Debut Orchestra, violin players and string coaches.
EMILY INGELS -  [email protected]

Emily holds a degree in violin performance from Central Washington University.  She teaches privately in Maple Valley and Auburn and coaches for several Puget Sound schools as well as the MVYSO.  Her love for teaching strings is evident in all of her interactions with her students.

JARROD SNYDER - [email protected]

Jarrod was one of MVYSO's first 10 members.  He has been playing for 11 years and has taught privately for the past 3 years.  He has completed the Music Theory Program at Bellevue College.  Jazz improv is one of his specialties.  He enjoys inspiring creativity in our students.

MICHAEL VEBBER - [email protected]

Micheal began playing the piano at three and a half years old and graduated from PLU in 2006 with a BMA in pipe organ performance and religion. He also studied piano with Richard Farner while at PLU.  He has been a church pianist for over 20 years, currently playing for Sumner First Christian Church, where he has been for nearly 10 years. Michael regularly accompany for students going to contest or auditions as well as for school and community choirs throughout the region and has been teaching piano privately since 1998. Learning to play music is just as much about setting and accomplishing realistic, but progressive goals and Michael enjoys helping both new and experienced musicians set and achieve these goals.


CONNIE BIGGS - [email protected]

Connie has been teaching violin and viola in the Maple Valley area for since she moved to the area in 2012.  Before moving to the area, she tutored reading, spelling, grammar and writing.  Her music experience includes performing with her church, playing in Chapman College Symphony, working with music ministry in her church and teaching viloin and viola privately.  She studied Music Education at Chapman College (now Chapman University.)

DAVID HARRIS -   [email protected]

David is currently Director of Orchestras at Kentlake High School.  He came to us highly recommended by peers, students and parents.  He has also worked with Kent Jr. High Schools, Olympic Youth Symphonies, Olympic Youth Symphony Summer Camp and M.I.T.C.  He has a proven track recorded of developing students and the ensembles in which they play by conveying high expectations and achieving a delicate balance of informality and discipline.  Students say "He's Fun!"  He holds a Bachelor of Education in Music from Pacific Lutheran University and at 5th year degree in conducting studies from University of Washington.  In addition to training groups to perform, he teaches private french horn lessons.

CRAIG WINTER -  [email protected]

Craig holds a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Arizona State University where he studied orchestral percussion with Dr. J.B. Smith, Dr. Mark Sunkett, and Phoenix Symphony Principal Percussionist, Bill Wanser. He also has a passion for marching percussion and has performed with professional drumlines for both the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Cardinals, and played with the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline. Craig currently teaches percussion privately, for UW Husky Drumline and at several high schools including Tahoma High School.