Administration

Symphony Tacoma
901 Broadway, Suite 600
Tacoma, WA 98402
Administrative, Subscriber and Patron Services 253-272-7264
Single Tickets 253-591-5894 or 800-291-7593

Andy Buelow, Executive Director

Since his arrival in 2007, Andrew Buelow has instigated new strategic planning, team building and programming initiatives, expanded marketing and advertising, and revitalized fund development. Under his leadership contributions have increased by 60 percent and the number of donors by 77 percent.  The Symphony has expanded its community presence with concerts at Washington State Fair and Tacoma Dome, a new series for toddlers and parents titled Mini Maestros, and collaborations with the Broadway Center and Tacoma Opera.  The organization has doubled its endowment and grown its reserves by 40 percent.  Andy received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Lawrence University, and is an avid keyboardist and sailor.   MORE

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Denise Cline, Finance Manager

Denise first joined the staff in 1999 as Operations and Ticket Manager.  After a five year absence, she returned to the Symphony in 2009 and now serves as its bookkeeper.  Denise is from upstate New York where she was fortunate to grow up in a town with a rich community music history as well as a thriving public school music program.  She played trumpet and cello throughout her school years beginning in the third grade.  She continued her music education at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music near Cleveland Ohio, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance under the instruction of James Darling. While at Baldwin Wallace, Denise also played principal trumpet in the Cleveland Youth Orchestra for two years under Maestro Jahja Ling and was incredibly humbled to rehearse and perform in Cleveland’s Severance Hall under his direction.


Saul Cline, General Manager

A member of the Symphony staff since 2003, Saul Cline oversees the organization’s concert operations, artistic administration, orchestra personnel and educational programs.  He is responsible for maintaining compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and for all artistic contracting.  He supervises the part-time Music Librarian and is the liaison with the stage and production crews of the Broadway Center. Saul received a Master of Music degree from Central Washington University and a Bachelor of Music in jazz performance from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  He has served as lecturer on the affiliate music faculty at Pacific Lutheran University and as an elementary music teacher in the Bethel School District.  An accomplished reed player, Saul performs regularly throughout the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area.


Anna Jensen, Education Specialist

Growing up in a large, musical family with five siblings, Dr. Anna Jensen was primed to excel at the double bass—while also developing a remarkable capacity for intuiting the needs of diverse learners. She embodies that rare combination of extraordinary musician and dynamic teacher.
With 20+ years in performance and education, Dr. Jensen has the ability to develop an instant rapport with youth of all types, quickly establishing a sense of trust and shared respect that makes learning comfortable and effective.  From instructing students at a Big Ten university—to developing curriculum for preschoolers—to coaching underserved teen players—Anna Jensen is keenly perceptive and gifted at quickly pivoting and adapting a lesson so it can be received by anyone. She builds students’ music skills; but more importantly, she builds self-esteem.
 
Dr. Jensen is the assistant principal bassist of Symphony Tacoma, the principal bassist of the Tacoma Opera Orchestra, and regularly performs with orchestras across the region. She has performed with the Second City Chamber Music Series, the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, the Kairos Music Festival and Lyceum, the Rackham Chamber Music Series, and the All Rivers at Once contemporary music series.  Dr. Jensen has been the featured soloist with the Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra, the Wenatchee Symphony Orchestra, and the Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra. Her vast interest in contemporary music has brought about numerous new chamber music works for the double bass and she has presented the world premieres. Dr. Jensen has won the Spokane Allied Arts Young Artist Competition, the Helen Snelling Crowe Competition, and was a finalist in the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition.
Her passion for the music translates to her deep involvement in education. In addition to instructing positions at Pacific Lutheran University and Central Washington University, Dr. Jensen teaches double bass and music theory at the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and maintains a large private studio. She is currently the education specialist for the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and is the festival manager for the Evergreen Music Festival. She has taught at The Marrowstone Music Festival, The Hammond Ashley Double Bass Workshop, and The Icicle Creek Summer Symphony Program. Her double bass students have placed in the top three at the state level numerous times and frequently win concerto competitions across the region.
Receiving her doctorate in musical arts degree in double bass performance at the University of Michigan, she studied with Dr. Diana Gannett and was a graduate student instructor. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan (DMA and MM) and Central Washington University (BM) and has been the recipient of the Mildred Tuttle Fellowship, the Farrell Merit Scholarship-Grant and was awarded the Presser Scholar. When not performing or teaching, Anna can be found making mud pies with her four young children, hiking in the woods, or encouraging her own family’s improvisational skills and joy of music! Check out Anna’s WEBSITE.
This bio was written by Laura Stone.

Laura Stone, Advancement Manager

Laura received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, with a minor in Elementary Education from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. After several years in direct social work, she took a grantwriting course and has been working in non-profits ever since.  She began her non-profit career working for the Symphony back in 2000 as its Marketing & Development Coordinator. After that, she served as Grants Manager for the Museum of Glass during its exciting rise to opening in 2002. Laura then shifted gears by spending three years working on the other side of the “grants table” in philanthropy, as the Grants Administrator for the Forest and Sequoia Foundations.  She came full circle when she returned to the Symphony in 2008 as its Advancement Manager.  Laura has presided over a significant expansion of the Symphony’s pool of foundation donors and provides the organization with effective counseling on maintaining positive foundation relations.

 

 

 

Ann Dorn, Engagement Manager

With a background in journalism and marketing, Ann Dorn joined the Symphony staff in September 2016 and helps share the Symphony’s powerful story through video, web, newsletters, press releases and other channels. Having previously helped market various programs for Pierce College as well as having published her own community  wellness magazine, Ann is passionate about extending opportunities to experience the life changing impact of education and the arts. She played piano and the trumpet for years as a youth and now encourages her daughter’s love of music by taking her to guitar lessons and to regular musical performances of all kinds.