Live music of all genres and styles, from classical to avant garde. Looking to book a musician or band for a gig? Check out our Artist Roster to find their information or contact the local musician’s union for recommendations. 

Mary J. Trotter

I am a lover of text and melody, which is why you’ll most often find me working with singers. A pianist by trade, I recently completed my doctorate in music and hope, one day in a post-COVID world, to teach at the university level. In our current COVID world, I’m enjoying offering virtual piano lessons to people of all ages and abilities. Do you have a child itching to start lessons? Are you a retiree in quarantine, looking to return to something you haven’t done since childhood? I would love to help further you on your musical journey! Send me a message through my website, and I will be in touch.

Heat Speak

Heat Speak is an indie band led by singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist Dario Ré. His impassioned poetics sung in English and French are supported by dynamic musicianship and intricate arrangements to create a unique blend of indie folk, chamber pop and world fusion. The project began as a trio in 2014 in Spokane, Washington. The group formally banded with a full line-up following their 2017 album, Aspen Artichoke (released under the eponymous band name Dario Ré). At the end of 2018, the group rebranded as Heat Speak in preparation for their 2020 album release, To Love Wind.

Dario Ré

Dario Ré has a multifaceted practice including painting, assemblage, installation, video, performance, sound and songwriting. He was born and raised in Spokane, Washington and completed an MA in Art History at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec and a BA at Fairhaven College in Bellingham, Washington with a self-designed interdisciplinary concentration titled, Visual and Natural Culture: Art & Ethnobotany. He is also a private music instructor and the lead singer-songwriter for the indie band, Heat Speak.

Melody Chang

Melody Chang is an accomplished young mezzo-soprano who performs with the Spokane Symphony Chorale and often performs with professional companies across the state. She has taught voice lessons for years and specializes in healthy classical vocal production. She believes a classical background is necessary to sing every other genre in a healthy manner. She has worked in the Broadway industry for years and has an all-encompassing understanding of the musical and theatrical world.

Amanda Howard-Phillips

Amanda Howard-Phillips joined the Spokane Symphony in 2003 and became principal second violin in 2008. Originally from Bainbridge Island, Washington, Amanda began violin lessons at four years old and made her solo debut with the Bainbridge Orchestra at age eleven. Amanda received her bachelor’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Camilla Wicks, and her master’s degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with David Updegraff. She has studied chamber music with many prominent chamber musicians, including Mark Sokol, Peter Salaff (of the Cleveland Quartet), the Cavani Quartet, Paul Hersh, Ian Swensen, Bonnie Hampton, and Clive Greensmith (of the Tokyo Quartet). She has been awarded fellowships to study at the National Repertory Orchestra and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, and won first prize in the Pacific Chamber Symphony Concerto Competition in San Francisco, playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.