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Thank You + Save The Date!

Thanks for a wonderful 19th Annual More Music @ The Moore!

You can view this year’s performance along with all past performances now!

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Save the date for the 20th Annual More Music @ The Moore on March 12, 2021!

Auditions will be held in January 2021. More information will be available Fall 2020. Stay tuned!

What is More Music @ The Moore?

STG Presents the 19th Annual More Music @ The Moore at The Moore Theatre on Friday, March 13, 2020 as a part of our 2019-2020 performing arts season.

The 19th annual More Music @ The Moore features exceptional young musicians mixing up diverse music styles. The performance celebrates the rich talent of youth in our community and provides musicians, regardless of what style they play, the opportunity to make music together. Award-winning drummer, producer, and songwriter Matt Chamberlain is returning for his 2nd year as Music Director to mentor and perform with these remarkable up and coming artists. Each year, artists get mentorship from Seattle-area based professionals as well as a world-renowned Music Director.

2020 Artist Lineup!

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Betty Michaels is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter with a love for any music that can vivify the soul. He has only recently started performing on guitar with Jazz/Hip Hop fusion group, Huey and the InFLOWentials (More Music @ The Moore 2018 alumni), but has been playing music since elementary school. Betty strives for authenticity in his work and yearns for listeners to really feel something –– whether or not it is expressed verbally, his music often contains within it a message of growth, gratitude, and hope.
FEATURED SONG: “Best for You” Original song

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Keanon Battle is a Hip Hop/Rap artist and entertainer that can best be described as a dreamer and humanitarian. He performs under the stage name KB Tha Genius, and his debut album, “Mixed Emotions” released on all streaming platforms January 1st and has already accumulated over 20K views to start the year off. He is always seeking to expand his craft, and is currently working on a collaborative project that will consist of multiple genres, artists and concepts.
FEATURED SONG: “Prophecy” Original song

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Lilliana Reid is a R&B, Soul, and Pop vocalist that has performed since the age of 12 in a range of musicals, talent shows and singing competitions, all while going on to audition for American Idol. She has competed and placed second in her high school district singing competition and has also played lead roles in past musicals. Since having incredible vocal coaching from T.J. Sullivan and performance/drama coaching from Jeannie Brzovic, both from Mountlake Terrace High School, she hopes to perfect her talent and share her voice.
FEATURED SONG: “Love All Over Me” by Monica

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Lucia Flores-Wiseman is an up and coming singer/songwriter from Maple Valley, Washington, who blends Americana coffee house, indie, folk, and jazz vocals to create a sound that is distinctly her own. Even at seventeen years old, Lucia’s emotional performances compose mature resonances that linger with her audience. A commanding performer, Lucia continues to entertain audiences both large and small at local coffee shops, wineries, and festivals around the Pacific Northwest. She, fortunately, was able to perform with her idol, Brandi Carlile, two years ago at a benefit concert supporting the Tahoma Schools Foundation, where she was able to sing harmonies with Brandi and More Music @ The Moore 2019 alum, Benicio Bryant, as well as debutan original song to hundreds. Lucia loves to get involved with the community and is proud to have recently performed her original songs at the first Seattle TedxYouth event this past October.
FEATURED SONG: “Fear of Failure” Original song

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McKenzie Burkard, a Bainbridge Island based singer-songwriter, has been passionate about making music since receiving her first guitar at age 12. Her songs follow themes of growing up, navigating relationships, and finding identity. With training and support from BISA Vocal Studios, she has had the opportunity to perform at BISA New Talent Nights at Rolling Bay Hall and Earth and Vine Wine Bar. Her vocals, often compared to Natalie Merchant, are combined with acoustic guitar to tell the story of someone finding their way in life’s ever-changing landscape.
FEATURED SONG: “Louise” Original song

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Sofia Avaria has been playing guitar, and performing for 4 years. She has taken lessons and performed with School of Rock for about 3 years, and took flamenco and jazz guitar for about a year. She has played with her band Queen Chimera at venues around Seattle such as The Rendezvous, Hale's Palladium, The Royal Room, Old Redmond Firehouse, various house shows such as Pig Pen, and Cafe Racer. Sofia was in School of Rock Seattle's Houseband, and played at venues and events around Seattle, in Chicago at Lincoln Hall, and at Summerfest, a music festival in Milwaukee.
FEATURED SONG: “Have You Ever Heard of Radiohead?” Original song

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Splitting Silence is a Seattle-based hard rock band, known for captivating its audiences with dynamic and energetic performances. The band came together in 2016 over a shared passion for all-ages music. In 2019, as high school sophomores, Splitting Silence released their debut EP Out of Focus and they were selected as “Band of the Week” on KISW’s Loud and Local show. They are currently working with producer Ben Smith (former drummer of Heart) and Jonathan Plum of London Bridge Studio on new material due for release in the spring of 2020.
FEATURED SONG: “Light the Fire” Original song

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THEM is a new pop-rock project quickly gaining momentum. With mentors aplenty at their side - currently the rock musician and KEXP DJ, Eva Walker, and previous mentors such as the world-traveling drummer, Heather Thomas, Nicki Danger of Pink Parts and others - the multi-instrumentalist quartet has played local Emerald City hotspots like The Skylark Cafe and the West Seattle Summerfest. The group, comprised of four talented high school students with harmonies in spades, is set for a steady rise toward fresh and brightened musical horizons.
FEATURED SONG: “Anymore” Original song

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Xander Corbett is a singer-songwriter and producer from Marysville, Washington. Xander has released two full-length albums and has a string of releases to come this year. He has been performing since age twelve and performed at Seattle PrideFest 2019.
FEATURED SONG: “Light is Coming” Original song

2020 Music Director & Mentors

STG’s More Music @ The Moore participants are fortunate to work with a richly talented group of mentors. Each year, we connect young artists with working professionals in the music business: from artists to bookers to marketing professionals and more.

Matt Chamberlain

Music Director - Matt Chamberlain

Drummer, Songwriter and Producer Matt Chamberlain is an in demand performer and studio musician whose eclectic talents found him working in various genres from rock to classical, jazz, and the avant-garde. He has racked up an impressive list of credits appearing on albums/tours by David Bowie, Fiona Apple, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Soundgarden, Bill Frisell, Robert Fripp, Tori Amos, Morrissey, Phantogram, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen, Neko Case, Miranda Lambert, Frank Ocean, Elton John, Pearl Jam, Brad Mehldau, Danny Elfman, Keith Urban, Randy Newman and many others, as well as soundtrack work with Hans Zimmer, Marco Beltrami, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Jon Brion.

In 2005, he made his solo debut with the eponymous Matt Chamberlain album on Trey Spruance’s Web Of Mimicry label. He then helped to create Floratone with guitarist Bill Frisell and made 2007’s Floratone 1 and Floratone 2 in 2012. In 2012 he also released his follow up solo record, Company 23 on his own Yanki Arc Record Label. Chamberlain was also a founding member of the Improvisational group-“The Slow Music Project” with Bill Rieflin (Keyboards,Electronic drums), Robert Fripp (Guitar), Peter Buck (Guitar), Hector Zazou (synths) and Fred Chalenor on bass..In 2014 he played with Soundgarden for their world tour.. In 2016 Chamberlain also released his third solo record, Comet B on his own Yanki Arc Records.

2020 Primary Music Mentors

Ryan Leyva

Ryan Leyva (AKA Johnny Nails) is a touring multi-instrumentalist/songwriter who focuses on producing and mixing records for various artists when not on the road. Ryan's talents can be seen and heard in over 50 countries and on hundreds of records. He currently resides in Seattle, WA. This is Ryan's 19th year with STG's More Music @ The Moore.

Jovino Santos Neto

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto is a master pianist, flutist, composer, arranger and conductor from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After 15 years as a member of the legendary Hermeto Pascoal Group, he moved to Seattle in 1993. Since then, Jovino has established himself as a fascinating performer, whether playing solo piano, leading his award-winning Quinteto, or in guest appearances with ensembles and orchestras worldwide. He has shared the stage and the studio with some of the most creative musicians of our times. He is a Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.


SassyBlack (Catherine Harris-White) is a singer/songwriter & producer based in Seattle, WA. While she is known for her jazz stylings over funk & soul influenced production. She is also an actress and has been seen on the screen in Martin Scorsese’s VINYL & on the latest and last season of Broad City. Recently, Sassy released her third album Ancient Mahogany Gold and when not performing, she enjoys sharing the magic of music and performance as a teacher, mentor & DJ.

Faustine Hudson

Faustine Hudson has been studying the drum for 29 years, starting when she was 8 years old. It has been a profound teacher and tool for her in connection to herself. Having spent much of her adult life as a professional touring/studio/live musician (ie The Maldives, Josiah Johnson, Chain and the Gang), her work is shifting as she deepens her own meditation practice. Faustine has dropped into the medicine of the drum intuitively, taking on projects that are fulfilling on a deeper soul level.

Shaina Shepherd

Shaina Shepherd is a singer/songwriter and vocal coach based in Seattle, WA. Known for her pervasive style as front woman to soul-grunge band BEARAXE, her notable vocal stylings have brought her into various creative spaces — from sharing stages with rock stars like Dave Matthews, Kathy Moore and Thunderpussy, to being a soloist with the Seattle Symphony. When she’s not performing, she finds fulfillment as a choir director, teacher and event producer in the Seattle music scene.

2020 Music Industry Business Mentors

Andrew Joslyn, Chong the Nomad, Marcus Shriver, Jason Clackley, Jonathan Plum, and Sendai Mike

Past Mentors include:

Dr. Carlene Brown, Michael Shrieve, Ernestine Anderson, Bernadette Bascom, Alan White, Dave Dederer, Derrick Hodge, Ricardo Frazer, Wael “L” Abou-Zaki, Jill Wangsgard, Andrew Joslyn, Megan Tweed, Sean Majors, Meli Darby, Kevin Sur, Adra Boo, Jason Clackley, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Dan Droz, Shaina Foley, and more! (Past Music Directors listed below)

Alumni + Past Performances

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!

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.

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2020-2019, with Matt Chamberlain as Music Director


Betty Michaels (Earl Walko)- Neo Soul, KB Tha Genius (Keanon Battle)- Hip Hop, Lilliana Reid- R&B, Lucia Flores-Wiseman- Folk, McKenzie Burkard – Americana, Splitting Silence (Alex Roca, Mason Stroud, Nick Zappone, Ethan Bovey) - Hard Rock, Sofia Avaria (Sofia Hood-Grollmus)- Grunge, THEM (Thompson Whitehead, Hudson Steere, Ellie Vann, Maia Schinkel)- Pop, Xander Corbett- Singer-Songwriter


Alex Cade - Hip Hop, Amanda Jarman - Electric Bass, Benicio Bryant - Pop, Bianca Tran - Vietnamese Pop, Brograss (Kaj & Tashi Litch) - Bluegrass, Cassidy Huff - Singer-songwriter, Lianna Walters - R&B/Hip Hop, Rucker (Grayson Malone, Corey Palmer, Ethan Schmidt) - Alt Rock, Savannah Blackwell - R&B/Musical Theatre, Save The Bees (Bailey, Brenna, & Brooke Bruce) - Americana, Zoser - Pop/Country

2018-2017, with Robert Glasper as Music Director


Afterspace (Reginald Hale) - EDM, Alec Shaw & Zan Fiskum – Singer-songwriters, Chris Harris - Drummer, Darius Williams - Drummer, Devin Harris - R&B Singer, Flora Cummings - Scottish Fiddler, Gia Acosta - Jazz and Pop, Huey & The InFLOWentials (Bryce Villatoro-Thomas, Alex Dillard, Mason Lim, Kyle Amundson) - Jazz & Hip Hop Fusion, J-Dash (Jaylen Bennett-Cavaiani) - Hip Hop, Maddy Wyse - Rock, The Songbirds (Aimee Lefkowicz, Lizzie Huffaker) - Jazz & Pop, Theron Lutes - Soul and Christian


Alison Banchero – Singer-songwriter, Bram Schenck- Classical Clarinet, Evan Snoey – Folk multi-instrumentalist, Jayza Duhon – Opera & Jazz vocalist, Jnaii (Jenny Muleka) Hip Hop, Limanjaya (Josh Lim) – Electronic, Maia Nelson Quartet – Jazz, Marc Estabrook – New Age pianist, Nick Mardon- Rock guitarist, ZAG (Amr Awwad) – Spoken word/ Hip Hop, ZAHARA – R&B Vocalist

2016-2015, with Sheila E. as Music Director


Clayton Seibel - Klezmer Violin, Common Tratez – R&B, Gloria Plenkina – Russian Gypsy, Jawann Blanchey- Drummer, One2 (Ralph Redmond IV) - Hip Hop, Sam Foster- Soul, Suite Clarity- Hard Rock Band, Wandr- Singer-Songwriter Duo


Cameron Sonju – Singer-Songwriter, Cello X- Contemporary Cello Ensemble, Dylan Cragle- Musical Theatre/Classic vocalist, Garfield High School Drumline- Percussion, Isadora Matthews- Jazz Vocalist, New Islands United (NIU) Roots- Tongan & Samoan Music, Nolan Garrett & Carson Dent- Guitar/Drums Rock Duo, Parisalexa (Paris Williams)- R&B Vocalist w/ Loop station, Romaro Franceswa- Hip Hop, Valadares- Hard Rock Band

2014-2013, with Michelle Ndegeocello as Music Director


Amanda Hardy Band- Heavy Rock Band, Avery Johnston- Electric Guitar Wonderkin, Common Time- Vocal Jazz Quartet, Cover Your Ears Steel Band- Steel Pan Band, Jonah Simone Cohen- Blues Guitar/Rock drummer, Kung Foo Grip- Hip Hop, Sincerely Soul- Pop Trio, Ten Man Brass Band- Brass Band


The Union Street Orchestra -Indie Rock Band, 007ths -A Cappella Vocal Group, Kaze Daiko- Taiko Drum Group, CONTEMPO-Jazz/Funk Band, The Onlies -Indie Folk Trio, Otieno Terry – R&B Singer, Emily Randolph – Country Singer-Songwriter, Ksneak (Akeda Jones) – Hip-Hop, CDQ - Beatboxer, IndiaLee – R&B/Indie Vocalist

2012, with Stew & Heidi Rodewald as Music Directors


El Mago – Progressive Pop trio, Global Voices, In All Honesty – metal band, Malik Meullion – Gospel vocalist, Martin Creed – Rock guitarist/vocalist, The Cellar Door – Indie roots band, Youth Speaks poets

2011-2006, with Daniel Bernard Romain as Music Director


Michael Lee, Mads Jacobsen, Garfield HS Jazz Ensemble, Garfield HS Drumline, Young Songwriter’s Lab: Essence Henderson, Devin Carter, Forest Clements-Gallagher, Sydne Rice


Northern Departure—bluegrass, Critical—hip hop, Sky & David Sanoy—Filipino singers, Kind of Blind—ska band, Moore Soul—R&B ensemble, Jazmyn Lanier, Chris LeVaughn, & MOV, Leah Marie—reggae, Shumba Marimba, Guest artists: String quartet from Seattle Rock Orchestra playing “Parks” by DBR, Finale – “Be Light,” written by Jhauvon Harrison


Virginia & Evan Easthope—brother/sister singers, Sea Fever—Indie band, EriAm Sisters—pop trio, Gothard Sisters—Irish fiddle, More Music String Ensemble, Guest artists: Wynne Bennett, Market Buskers: Artis the Spoonman, Reggie Miles (saw), Moment in Time (a cappella/soul) & Slimpickins (Cajun), Collaborations: Bach, Stevie Wonder (Livin in the City) & Joni Mitchell (BSN), DBR solo “My Country Tis of Thee”


All acoustic show for 100 yr anniversary of Moore Theatre
Percussion quartet: Griffin Joko-Fujimoto (taiko), Paul Stoot (drumset), Teo Shantz (Latin percussion), Siya Manyakanyaka-Kelley (S. African drummer/singer), Chanelle Ray—R&B vocalist, Samoan Community Youth Choir—choral traditional, Seattle Pacific University Concert Choir—choral classical, Higher Praise Gospel Choir—choral gospel directed by Paul Thomas, Interlake H.S. String Quartet—classical, Active Ingredients—Garfield H.S. jazz ensemble, Guest artist: Wynn Bennett, Guest & Mentor: Jovino Santos Neto


The Mash Up, The Now Device—live visual media, Taylor Romar—ballet dancer/choreographed by Sonia Dawkins
House Band: Michael Stegner (keybds), Ryan Leyva (guitar), Forrest Giberson (bass) & Alan White (drums)
Three Generations Band—Nick Dumas & family/bluegrass & vocals
Sam Shrieve—singer/pianist, Peter Johnson—electric violin, Julia Winn—composer/pianist, Rob Lusk-Fauquet—techno/laptop, Alexa Jarvis—pop vocalist, J’Nai Bridges—opera singer, Shpilkes—Klezmer Band, Theme for Murder—glam metal, Guest Artists: Earl Maneein & DJ Scientific


Capitol Basement—rock band w/ Evan Easthope, vocals & guitar, Patrick Shelton—pop vocalist, Evan Anderson—singer/songwriter on guitar, J. Woods—rapper, Katie Jacobson—jazz vocalist, Lia M. Brown—R&B vocalist, ConunDrum—from Garfield h.s., Seattle Strings (Dana Wu, Ian Ma, Amalia Aldredge, Belinda Judelman, Erin Merrihew, Laura Schlosser, Melyssa Norris), House band: Michael Stegner (keybds) Forrest Giberson (bass) Chris Spencer (guitar), Eytan Nicholson (drums), Guest artist: Earl Maneein

2005-2002, with Michael Shrieve as Music Director


Dianna Rose, emcee
House Band (Ryan, Stegner, Byron Vannoy, Forrest)
Brian Falconer—koto, Courtney Fortune—jazz vocals, Marcus Petitt—R&B vocals, Josh Williams—jazz guitar, Lauren McLaren—composer performed by Seattle Youth Symphony, Bad Otis—punk rock, Bilateral—rock


John Richards, emcee
House band: Ryan Leyva, Kevin Sawka, Paul Richardson, Paul Kemmish
Aleteena Mobley—gospel singer, Merrily Scruggs-James—pop vocalist, Isabella Graf—jazz vocalist, Dynamik—indie pop duo, The Tonics—rock, Reggie Tanner—hip hop, Mechanical Dolls—girl rock band, As 1—R&B band


Reggie Watts, emcee & singer
All Star Jazz Ensemble—jazz, Bennett Bulldogs Drumline, Drums the Word—Michael Shrieve drum collaboration, Rainier Beach African American Drum Ensemble, Spit-Licks—rock, Summit Steel Drum Band, Megan Papa—vocalist/gospel, Joey McDaniel—R&B vocalist


Reggie Watts, emcee/singer
Academy Chamber Orchestra—classical, Percussion Ensemble—Music Works NW, Roosevelt Jazz Ensemble, Leah Vladowski—pop vocals, Mitia Oliver—R&B, Tiffany Curtis—vocals, Revolution Void—techno, Paxil Rose—rock, Tri-Nation—rock, Hipnotize—hip hop, Elevated Elements—rappers, Spiritual Voices--gospel