Chase Chang holds an M. M. in Conducting from Brigham Young University, a B.A. and B.M. in Music Education from the University of Washington, and is a National Board certified teacher in music. He studied with former Associate Concert Master of the Seattle Symphony and Western Washington University String Professor, Walter Schwede, studied oboe with principal Chicago Symphony oboist, Alex Klein, and studied conducting with Kory Katseanes (director of School of Music at BYU and conductor). His mentors have also included music educator and composer Mark Jasinski , Tim Salzman (director of the University of Washington bands), Arthur Shaw (retired conductor; Western Washington Univeristy and Rogue Valley Symphony). Mr. Chang worked with nationally known composer, Richard Meyer, and premiered "A Keltic Feast" with his middle school orchestra in 2008. "A Keltic Feast" is now a published piece performed by many orchestras around the nation. Mr. Chang conducted the Academy Orchestra in the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO). He conducted orchestras and taught music theory at the St. Martin's University Summer Music camp. At SOGO, Mr. Chang premiered the children's program piece, "The Little Pernambuco Tree". He coached winds and strings for the Tacoma Youth Symphony, Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia, and Everett Youth Symphony. Mr. Chang held principal oboe position in the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. He has taught orchestra, band, and choir in the public schools since 1998. Mr. Chang has been sought as a clinician, judge, and guest conductor around the Puget Sound area. He held positions as the artistic director and principal conductor of the Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Chang directed the orchestras at Tyee Middle School in the Bellevue School District and is the current director of the Bellevue High School Orchestras. Mr. Chang regularly conducts at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. He is currently the Principal Symphony Conductor for the Seattle Ensign Symphony and Chorus.
Christi Chang is an orchestra teacher in the Bellevue School District. She holds an M.A. and a B.A. in Music Education from Central Washington University and is a Nationally Board Certified orchestra teacher.
In her fourteen years of teaching, she has taught orchestra in grades 5-12. Over a thousand 5th graders have started playing a stringed instrument in her class. Currently teaching at Chinook Middle School, she teaches over 150 students per year.
Starting the violin at 2 and a half, she learned through the Suzuki method before becoming a private Suzuki teacher in her teens. She went on to perform in the US, Germany, Africa and Central Asia before her first public school position in Renton.
In addition to her teaching and planning for classes, Mrs. Chang regularly adjudicates Solo and Ensemble Contest and Large Orchestra Group festivals in the area. She is active in the world of music teachers, having served as her region’s secretary, treasurer, and managing the Washington Music Educator's Association All-State Orchestra.
During her time as a high school orchestra teacher in Renton, Mrs. Chang was recognized by the news media for her achievement in a founding a program that provided private instrument lessons to underprivileged elementary students. High school students were trained to tutor elementary students. The program saw over 100 students each year. Christi Chang was invited to the American String Teacher's Association conference in Atlanta where she presented on the success of her tutoring program.
Christi Chang worked with former Seattle Symphony conductor Gerard Schwarz and New Jersey Symphony conductor Jeff Grogan and international conductor of the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Fabio Pirola. She taught at Bellevue High School and currently teaches at Chinook Middle School. Her groups regularly receive high marks at contest. A highlight of her career was conducting at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Mrs. Chang lives in Renton with her husband and three children.
David Drassal earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s in Music Music education at Central Washington University. He served as appointed conductor in the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestras since 2010, but began his service from 2007 to 2010 as a professional violin coach.
Maestro Drassal began his teaching career in the Bellevue School District at Highland Middle School and Sammamish High School. He taught at Tyee Middle School since 2013. He was the recipient of the PTSA Outstanding Educator Award at both Highland and Tyee Middle School. String player enrollment at Tyee exponentially increased from 140 string students to over 230 string players within a couple of years and continues to be a very stable and strong music program to this day. At contests and festivals, Mr. Drassal’s ensembles consistently place in the top three ranks and regularly receives invitations to play at prestigious venues. Tyee’s latest appearance was at the Washington Music Educators Conference in 2016. David Drassal’s orchestra students feed into the Award-Winning Newport High School orchestra program.
As a freelance violinist, David Drassal performed with many chamber groups, string quartets, and performed with Federal Way and Sammamish Symphony. He spends some of his time adjudicating orchestra festivals and guest conducting around the Puget Sound. David Drassal resides in Renton, Washington.
Hey! I’m Dave, and I’ve been the director at Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center for 17 years. I love to see the positive changes in the campers and guests who visit Lazy F and the improvements in the facilities and grounds through the years. I grew up in Minnesota and am an avid fan of all sports teams from that area. I keep waiting for that elusive Viking Super Bowl victory. . .
I am married to Heather and we have two wonderful kids who are both in college. I am also known as the Ringmaster!
Fun fact: My twin brother the Rinkmaster helps in the winter to keep our ice skating rink in good shape.