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Briar

oversight & accountability lead

Briar Sings. Raised in Chimacum, Washington, her forebears hail from Ireland and Germanic Europe. She is the descendant of African slaves brought to America, out of Nigeria and from the Southern Banto People....

*full bio*

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Joe

facilitation lead

co-founder

Joe Seamons (he/him) is a musician and teacher who co-founded tRp with Ben Hunter in 2013. Through exploring his heritage of local PNW folk music, as well as the the genre's history of prejudice, Joe's work as a songster and teacher continues to be fused with his commitment to agitate for social justice...

*full bio*

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Liana

curriculum development lead

Liana Green is a mixed-black, queer musician and educator who has forged her own path through the music world. Raised in suburbia just north of Seattle, she first picked up the trumpet as a member of the 5th-grade band, and thus began her journey...

*full bio*

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Justin

digital programs & Richmond, VA chapter lead

Justin Golden is the founder of the Richmond, VA chapter of The Rhapsody Project. His origins are deeply vested in the blues. With roots in the Mississippi Delta, Chicago, and the Piedmont of Virginia, he has always felt most connected to the blues...

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Ben

co-founder 

Ben Hunter is an internationally touring multi-instrumentalist and composer, local entrepreneur, and the Artistic Director of NW Folklife. In 2011, he founded Community Arts Create, a small, arts and community development organization that uses creativity as a stimulus for inter-generational, inter-cultural social engagement...

*full bio*

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Val

communications

& partnerships lead

Valerie has spent the past 20 years in the educational field as a music teacher, coach, clinician, and curriculum specialist. She exudes a passion for exploring the origins of the banjo, and uses this body of work to frame her message to educators on how to weave significant elements of history and culture into their teaching.

 

*full bio*

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Jimmy  

yiddish program director

 

Jimmy Austin is a working trombonist and educator from Pullman, WA, currently living in Seattle. Jimmy inherited his name and his first trombone from his paternal grandfather, who performed traditional jazz with a band of professors at Southern Illinois University...

*full bio*

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Lady A

vocal coach & board chair

 

Lady A is a touring musician, producer, songwriter and

longtime volunteer with tRp students. In addition to her work with tRp vocal students, she is collaborating with the curriculum team to craft Blues in the Schools programs that will serve to demonstrate and expand the vibrancy of blues music in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about her on her website.  

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Katelyn

volunteer

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Sieglinde

volunteer

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