About the Symphony

Now beginning its 36th season, Federal Way Symphony is a paid, professional orchestra under the direction of Maestro A. Brian Davenport, its Music Director. Each year, the Symphony presents a season concert series, featuring music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods, as well as special concerts and events: jazz, popular, choral, holiday and educational programs.


The Symphony's educational programs include "Symphony in the Schools" and the Masters and Mentors program.


Federal Way Symphony is committed to bringing world-class performers and music to the Federal Way community, as well as nurturing the region's talented young artists.


The Symphony offers greatly reduced admission and special day-of-show pricing to students. 

Support

Ticket sales provide only a small part of the funds necessary to support our programs. Contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations, plus a small but essential amount of government support, and the proceeds from fund-raising events are all necessary to present performances by our outstanding orchestra.


By supporting with your donations, you help sustain the exceptional quality of symphonic music in our community. You will enjoy many benefits from your tax-deductible contributions to Federal Way Symphony, and know you have contributed to the vitality of the orchestra and the rich cultural life of our community. Your support makes a difference!


Contributing $1,000 over the course of the year automatically enrolls you in the Conductor's Club! You receive special recognition in the concert program and invitations to post-concert receptions with the Conductor and our guest artists. You will also be our guest at the very popular Conductor's Club dinner held at the end of the season. Your donation of $1,000 or more entitles two people to attend the Conductor's Club activities. Call the Symphony office at (253) 252-2693 for additional information or to join. 

Artistic Leadership

Maestro A. Brian Davenport

Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Maestro A. Brian Davenport began his interest in music at the age of four. After obtaining his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music from Harvard, he spent three years in Paris, France, studying music under the famous Nadia Boulanger, and conducting in Monte Carlo under the tutelage of Igor Markevitch.


He has conducted orchestras in countries throughout the world, including China, Germany and Ukraine. In 1990, he conducted the Federal Way Symphony in the opening sellout performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the Goodwill Games. He also conducted the world premiere of Handel's Messiah in Russian in the city of Kazan.

Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi

Concertmaster Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi

Violinist Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi began studies at the age of five at New England Conservatory of Music. She made her first appearance as soloist with New Hampshire Philharmonic when nine years old. Ms. Kransberg-Talvi furthered her education at the Juilliard School studying privately with Sally Thomas and Dorothy DeLay. In 1976, she became a pupil of Jascha Heifetz at the University of Southern California.


Ms. Kransberg-Talvi has devoted herself to a varied life in music, including studio work for the Hollywood Motion Picture and Film Industry. She has appeared as soloist with Boston Symphony, Boston Esplanade Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Kennedy Center Orchestra, to name a few. As a recitalist, Ms. Kransberg-Talvi performed at M.I.T, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, Carnegie Recital Hall, and on the well-known Bargemusic Series in New York. Ms. Kransberg-Talvi served as Concertmaster and Resident Artistic Director for the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. In that capacity, she collaborated with such recognized artists as Sidney Harth, Franco Gulli, Lorin Hollander, Joseph Silverstein, Ralf Gothoni, Leon Fleisher and Adam Stern. Ms. Kransberg-Talvi also served as Concertmaster and Soloist for Pacific Northwest Ballet for two decades. She appeared on tour with the company in New York City, Washington D.C, Anchorage, Alaska and Istanbul, Turkey.

Symphony Staff

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The orchestra is supported by a dedicated board, office staff and many wonderful volunteers. Their tireless efforts help to make each performance an enjoyable and enriching experience for our patrons and the city of Federal Way.


The Symphony is dependent upon members of the community who volunteer their time to support the operations of the orchestra. From Board members, to fund raisers, to ticket takers, to helping in our office, volunteers make an enormous contribution. Many thanks.

Board of Directors

Kathi Ferrari, President
Kathi Villaruz, Vice President
Dr. Jennie Hendrie, Secretary
John Gibson, Treasurer
René Ewing, Past President


Donna Berger
Frank Blacker
Jen Drake Van Vechten
Lu Joslin-Lester
Brandon Moak
Kathryn Murphy
Tony Pagliocco
Allan Smith
Emeritus: Nancy Ise

Symphony Operations

Kari Wade, Office Manager

David Bruell, Technical Support

Artistic Management

A. Brian Davenport, Music Director & Conductor
Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi, Concertmaster
Mannfried Funk, Orchestra Personnel
Deborah McClellan, Orchestra Librarian

Concert Logistics

Liz Johnson, FWS Auxilliary President
Kirby Luther, Orchesterwart 

Accounting Services

Schneider and Kobata, P.S.