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The Pacific Northwest Audio Society has been dedicated to the exploration and enjoyment of fine music and electronics since its founding in 1978. We're audiophiles and music lovers with diverse backgrounds and a range of interests in music and audio reproduction. Although the Society is based in the Seattle area we serve the entire Northwest region and draw enthusiasts from as far as Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, for new and exciting audio adventures.

Our membership network includes a number of top audio experts from the Northwest and around the world. Check out our Membership page to learn how you can become a member. For about the price of a latte each month you'll support the Audio Society's ongoing efforts and gain a plethora of benefits for yourself in the process. If you’re in the area, drop in for a meeting and see for yourself what the club is all about.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 - Meeting Location - Kirkland Woman's Club

407 1st Street
Kirkland, WA 98033

Happy New Year!

“A Brief Survey of Classical Music” Jan 13th 2015 Tues 7:30 PM – Kirkland Woman’s Club

Please join us for a very informative and educational evening at the next PNWAS Audio Club Meeting. Bring a friend or family member. We are honored to have Gary Dahl and Robert Trainer as our speakers. They will be speaking on the topic ”A Brief Survey of Classical Music” from Early Music, to 20th Century. The talk will be accompanied by Slides and recorded music via CD on our Club Music System. We may even get to hear music being played on the Baby Grand Piano at the club!

Here is a brief bio of our two speakers:

Gary Dahl

Gary Dahl is Assistant Conductor, Personnel Manager and principal timpanist of the Bremerton Symphony. A resident of Silverdale, he teaches music at Green Mountain Elementary and is choir director at Summit Avenue Presbyterian.

Originally from Montana, Mr. Dahl earned his BA in Music Education at Pacific Lutheran University and his Master of Music in Conducting at Western Washington University. He began his teaching career in Omak, Washington, and in 1985 also became conductor of the Okanogan Valley Orchestra. Under Dahl’s leadership the orchestra grew significantly, both in numbers and in its level of musicianship. In addition to subscription concerts, he led more than a dozen productions of musical shows, including both Broadway standards and light operas. In 1998 he moved to the Kitsap peninsula to accept his current position in the Central Kitsap School District.

Mr. Dahl studied conducting with Gunther Schuller, Jerry Kracht, David Wallace, Robert Scandrett and Bruce Pullan. He studied timpani with Michael Crusoe (Seattle Symphony) and Salvatore Rabbio (Detroit Symphony).

Vocal music also holds a prominent role in Mr. Dahl’s work. He conducted Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment for Kitsap Opera, Verdi’s Luisa Miller for Puget Sound Opera and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors at Summit Avenue Presbyterian, as well as several condensed operettas for Vienna Night galas and numerous major works for choir and orchestra. He also enjoys singing in choirs as time allows, most recently with Cora Voce (Tacoma).

In the past, Mr. Dahl has served as conductor for the Millennium Music Series Association, the Kitsap Youth Symphony and for Bremerton Community Theatre. Gary and his wife Tineke, BSA principal second violinist, have two children, Oliver and Solveig.

Robert Trainer

Robert, whose father was an organist, organ builder, and an electronics engineer at Lockheed, was exposed to music and DIY audio at an early age. By his senior in high school he was a French horn player, a singer, had developed a keen interest in early music, and found himself constructing Dynaco kits and experimenting with building speaker systems.

Robert spent the next six years in pursuit of a degree, first in French horn at De Anza College, and then in vocal performance at California State University Hayward. His pursuit was occasionally interrupted by stints as an audio salesman and rhythm guitar player in a cover band. Shortly thereafter Robert began his career as a music educator and completed Choral Conducting degrees with an emphasis in early music, receiving a Masters from Pacific Lutheran University, and a Doctorate from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Robert came to the northwest in 1987 to become a choral director at Bremerton High School.

After 9 years in that position he moved across the street to become a music history teacher and vocal instructor at Olympic College. Robert’s main performance venue was as a tenor/countertenor in Male Ensemble Northwest, a unique professional ensemble of 11 voices comprised of leading choral directors in the northwest. Robert continues his keen interest in audio having constructed push-pull and single-ended amplifiers, line stages and phono-preamps, speaker systems, turntables, and tone arms.

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