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2024 More Music @ the Moore Auditions & Performance

Save the date for the 23rd Annual More Music @ The Moore March 22, 2024.

Auditions will open in Fall 2023. Be sure to sign up for STG eNews and follow STG ECE on FB and Instagram for notices.

2023 More Music @ the Moore Artists

All Photos by Nate Watters

Alex Vile

Alex Vile

Alex Vile as a project began as a solo endeavor led by Alexandra Vilenius, while teaching herself to play guitar at the onset of the 2020 pandemic. While developing her sound over the lockdown, Alex signed onto Avalanche Management, and brought on California native Kaelyn Stevens on bass, as well as Puyallup duo Evan Hartung on drums, and Leo Quale on lead guitar, all self-taught musicians. Once the full lineup was formed in August of 2022, Alex Vile performed over twenty-five gigs in five months across the West Coast, with many already planned in 2023. Alex Vile melds the heavy hitting rhythms of Grunge, Shoegaze, and Emo, whilst maintaining the energy of modern Alternative and Indie. With two singles out, and a handful more lined up for release, Alex Vile is forging a path forward in the classic Seattle Alt-Rock sound. @alexvile_

Anu Batbaatar

Anu Batbaatar

Anu Batbaatar (14, multi-instrumentalist, throat singer, leader of the ensemble Zje) was born in Minnesota, USA but her family moved to Mongolia when she was 6 years old to let her and twin brothers learn Mongolian music and culture. She studied Huuchir and piano at the Mongolian Children’s Palace, participated in numerous competitions, and performances in Mongolia. She also traveled with her ensemble “Melody” participated in International Children’s festival in Russia and concert tour in Japan in 2018. Her family moved back to U.S.A in September 2019 and settled in Mercer Island, WA. Since then she formed her family band “Zje”with her twin brothers performing throughout PNW. Zje performed with Wintergrass Youth Orchestra 2022, Seattle Jazzed summer program, and summer festivals throughout the region and Northwest folklife 50. Zje released first album Uuhai Album in January 2022 and already started working on their second album which will be released soon. Zje’s main focus is spread our heritage around the world through our abundant folk art. @zjemongol

Cherry Ferrari

Cherry Ferrari

Cherry Ferrari is a band of two teenagers, Emma Wang and Oliver Crosby making their way through life with music. From writing on the bedroom floor and producing in the home studio, to performing at venues like Barboza and the MoPop Sky Church, Cherry Ferrari’s music takes inspiration from disco funk greats and today's pop to capture their youthful energy. @cherryferrarimusic

Keira Hamalian

Keira Hamalian

Keira began taking piano lessons at the age of 6 in West Seattle from Erin Rubin, now owner of Mode Music Studios and founder of Mode Music and Performing Arts (MMPA). She continued piano and voice lessons with Erin until she was 15 years old while taking advantage of performance opportunities at Mode sponsored community events, recitals, and their all-ages open mic at The Skylark next door. The creative foundation Erin and Keira built together allowed her to explore other musical mediums on her own such as songwriting, collaboration with local musicians, and independent instrument study. She fell in love with the writing process and hasn’t looked back since. @keirahamalianmusic

Maya Michelle

Maya Michelle

Maya Michelle Russell is a passionate artist and athlete, who loves singing, songwriting, and playing sports. Professional credits include ELEVATE (Seattle Theatre Group), Book-It Theatre (Childfinder), 5th Avenue Theatre (Annie), and Seattle's Teen Summer Musical. You can also spot her playing a young Crystal Dunn in a Powerade Commercial. When she's not busy performing or making music, Maya plays soccer for Washington Premier's Elite Clubs National League. She is 14 years old and a freshman at Holy Names Academy. @mayamichellerussell



Midpak is an instrumental funk fueled experience being brought to you live from Seattle, Washington. The bands roots were planted when Nik Jordan and Ben Kinney met in an instrumental hip hop cover band in early 2022. As this band began to fade out, Nik and Ben decided to continue making music together hoping to find a universal groove that could get just about anyone dancing. Through many shows all around Seattle from the Sunset Tavern all the way to playing UW house shows Midpak has continued to make music, after about 6 other bass players Sam Holman finally joined the band. Now the three of them are working around the clock hours to learn music from around the world and develop their own music, to the best of their abilities. @middpakk

Ollie DeShae Gaines

Ollie DeShae Gaines

Ollie DeShae a.k.a "Stix” is 16 years old and in love with everything about music. He has played the drums recreationally and professionally for over 15 years at various churches and events throughout Greater Seattle. Music is a passion of Ollie’s and runs down his bloodline.

Tazz Enrico

Tazz Enrico

Tazz Enrico is a 19 years old Seattle Native. Tazz is a natural on stage as he’s been performing since 5 years old. He started rapping at 13 in talent shows and school events until he started performing at open mics at 14 and eventually joined The Residency at 15. The Residency is a Hip Hop focused program founded by, More Music @ The Moore 2001 alum, Macklemore. At The Residency, he received vocal training, performance training and more. With this training, Tazz started booking his own shows at venues like the Factory Luxe and the Mirkwood in Arlington, along with performing on live streams. In 2022, he once again joined The Residency and through this program was selected to open for Macklemore at a private event at the Seattle Convention Center. Recently, Tazz has performed at Café Racer, The Royal Esquire, and Rumba Notes.

Zahara Elan

Zahara Elan

Zahara Elan is a 15 year old singer-songwriter in the Seattle area. Blind from birth due to a fatal genetic disorder that required a life-saving bone-marrow transplant at the age of 1, Zahara’s focus naturally gravitated to music. A self-taught keyboardist with a powerful voice that belies her diminutive size, Zahara creates songs influenced by her love of jazz, blues, soul and a peppering of ear-candy pop. She has trained with notable area musical artists, including Alex Dugdale, Aaron Walters, Erin McGaughan, as well as various talented working musicians who teach at the Seattle Drum School. Whether singing solos at Seattle Unity’s Sunday services, jamming at various open mics, or performing in yearly musicals—most recently as Sharpay in her school production of High School Musical—Zahara simply loves performing. She has released 3 studio produced songs: Good Again, Dear Santa, and Hey Cooper—the music video of which was selected to tour the country in 2022 as part of the Seattle Children’s Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” collection curated by the Northwest Film festival. As an autistic person, the challenges Zahara faces in social arenas all melt away in the realm of music making and performance. Whether jamming with seasoned musicians decades her senior, or playing with beginners, Zahara is in her element meeting and matching them at their wavelength. She is so incredibly thrilled to be part of this year’s MMATM cohort and can’t wait to jam with everyone! IG @zaharaelan /TikTok & YouTube @babyzenmama

2023 Music Director

Mike Elizondo

Mike Elizondo Headshot

MIKE ELIZONDO IS A GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING PRODUCER, SONGWRITER, AND MUSICIAN who has collaborated with major artists across many genres. In addition to an 11-year partnership with Dr. Dre, Elizondo has produced songs for Eminem, Carrie Underwood, NF, Fiona Apple, 50 Cent, Keith Urban, Twenty-One Pilots, Ed Sheeran, Gary Clark Jr., and Regina Spektor. In 2016, Lin-Manuel Miranda asked him to produce three songs on the Hamilton Mixtape. His recent productions include Poppy, Madison Cunningham, Rag'n'Bone Man, Turnstile, Joy Oladokun, Jonas Brothers and reuniting with Lin-Manuel Miranda to co-produce the music for Disney’s ENCANTO, which he recently received a Grammy for Best Compilation for Visual Media.

Mike Elizondo returns for his 2nd year as a Music Director for the 22nd annual More Music @ The Moore! Mr. Elizondo will mentor and perform alongside the artists in the performance on March 24, 2023

2023 More Music @ The Moore Mentors & Staff

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  • Sarah Strasbaugh – Line Producer & STG Assoc. Director of Community Programs
  • Rachel McKinney - Project Assistant & Education and Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Lailah Brown - Intern
  • Michelle Rubenstein - Intern

What is More Music @ The Moore?

For 20 years More Music @ The Moore has featured exceptional young musicians mixing up diverse music styles with the opportunity to learn through group collaborations, mentorships from music industry professionals, as well as opportunities for production and promotional support. The program culminates with a live performance by the artists, joined by a Renowned Music Director.

More Music @ The Moore 2002- 2020:
35,000 Audience Members
600 Young Musician Participants
260+ Songs
115 Mentors
55+ Genres/cultural styles
8 Music Directors

Genres have include:
(A Cappella, Acoustic Pop, Ambient, Americana, Bluegrass, Brass Band, Celtic Folk , Chinese Erhu, Classical, Contemporary Classic, Country, Electronic, Electronic Dance Music (EDM), Filipino Gospel, Folk, Folk Harp, Funk, Gospel, Grunge, Hard Rock, Hip Hop, Indian Classical, Indie, Industrial, Jamaican Reggae, Japanese Classical, Japanese Taiko, Jazz, Klezmer, Latin Chant, Mariachi, Metal, Musical Theatre, Neo-Soul, New Age, Opera, Percussion, Pop, Progressive Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Roots, Russian Gypsy, Samoan, Scottish Fiddle, Singer-Songwriter, Ska, Soul, Spoken Word, Steel Pan, Techno, Theatrical percussion, Tibetan Opera, Tongan, Vietnamese Pop, Zimbabwean Marimba)

As part of Moore Music @ The Moore, young artists have collaborated and performed with:
The Roots, Robert Glasper, Sheila E., Elvis Costello, Melissa Etheridge, Mike McCready, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Meshell Ndegeocello, Michael Shrieve, Alan White, Maya Rudolph (Princess), and more!

Previous music industry mentors include:
Dr. Carlene Brown, Michael Shrieve, Ernestine Anderson, Bernadette Bascom, Jovino Santos Neto, Alan White, Sheldon Reynolds, Dave Dederer, Ryan "Nails" Leyva, Derrick Hodge, Ricardo Frazer, Wael “L” Abou-Zaki, Jill Wangsgard, Andrew Joslyn, SassyBlack, Faustine Hudson, Shaina Shepherd, Chong the Nomad, Megan Tweed, Sean Majors, Meli Darby, Kevin Sur, Adra Boo, Jonathan Plum, Jason Clackley, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Dan Droz, Shaina Foley, Sendai Mike and more! (previous music directors are listed below)

Past participants include:
Macklemore, ParisAlexa, Otieno Terry, Austin Jenckes, Emily Randolph of NBC’s "The Voice," international Opera star J'Nai Bridges, Benicio Bryant of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” members of Thunderpussy, members of Industrial Revelation, members of Blake Lewis' band, members of Visqueen, and numerous other touring artists, music teachers, and music professionals.

Alumni + Past Performances


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