Our Conductors

Meet the people who bring the program together.


Dr. Paul-Elliott Cobbs

Music Director
Conductor, Tacoma Youth Symphony (TYS)

Joe Dyvig

Conductor, Tacoma Junior Youth Symphony (TJYS)

Dr. Anna Jensen

Conductor, Tacoma String Philharmonic (TSP)

John M. Wetherington

Conductor, Tacoma Wind Philharmonic (TWP)

Karen Helseth

Conductor, Tacoma String Symphony (TSS)

Liz Ward

Assistant Conductor, Tacoma Youth Symphony (TYS)
Conductor, Tacoma Youth Brass Choir and TYS Chamber Winds

Dr. Loma Cobbs

Music Theory and Musicology

Special Thanks

We are grateful for TYSA alumnus Cora Reuter, whose photographs appear throughout our website!

Cora performed in TYSA orchestras from 1990-1999, including acting as concertmaster of TYS. She runs a full violin studio in Gig Harbor, coaches for TYSA, and is a full time portrait and event photographer. An avid gardener, her beloved half-acre garden will be featured on the Gig Harbor Garden Tour in June 2023.


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