Bryan Kolk

Bryan Kolk


Bryan Kolk is a music educator, conductor and bassist from Michigan. He received a Bachelors of Music Education and Masters in Double Bass performance from the University of Michigan. After graduating he moved to Seattle where he served as Assistant Conductor to the Everett and Bainbridge Island Youth Symphonies, taught orchestra in the Lake Washington School District, performed as principal bass of the Northwest Symphony and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, coached the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Endangered Instrument Program, directed the JazzEd Introductory Ensemble, and managed the International Marrowstone Music Festival.

In 2013 Bryan returned to his hometown to become the Orchestra Director of Caledonia High School following the retirement of his first mentor and teacher Peter DeLille. In 2015 he became the Orchestra Director of Troy High School, a national award winning orchestral program north of Detroit. There he directed four ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra as well as the Troy High Fiddlers, in a program of 240 string players as well as a full complement of winds and brass. He remained active in the string education and outreach community, serving as Treasurer for the Michigan American String Teachers Association and Director of the Michigan Bass Fest. He also served as Assistant Conductor of the Dearborn Youth Symphony, and conducted the Detroit Civic Youth Orchestra and Oakland Youth Orchestras as well.

During the summers, Bryan conducts the Masterworks Orchestra at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Western Michigan and has been a part of the administration of the Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, Washington since 2011. 

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