Members of Evergreen Philharmonic are high school students who reside within the 100 square mile area defined by the Issaquah School District. The orchestra is a professional training orchestra that prepares its members to be independent, functional musicians, some of whom go on to enjoy playing as amateurs in local community orchestras, and some who go to major conservatories and professional careers. The size of the orchestra varies from year to year, but stays between 65 and 75 members. Since EP is a full symphony orchestra, all instrumentalists are encouraged to audition. The day to day structure involves director Longman traveling between the high schools to teach the Evergreen Philharmonic classes during the school day, and then bringing the whole orchestra together after school on Fridays. The orchestra has a busy performance schedule, and has traveled internationally.
About Mr. Longman
Doug Longman trained as a violinist/violist at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio, and University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After teaching for four years in Southern California, he moved north and was hired as a general music teacher by the Issaquah School District in the fall of 1978. The Issaquah school district at that time was emerging from a double levy loss that had forced the elimination of many programs, including orchestra several years before. Kateri Brow, school superintendent, gave Doug the green light to start an orchestra program in the fall of 1983, and a fifth grade program was initiated in all six of the district’s elementary schools. As those fifth graders matriculated up through the middle schools and high schools, Doug went with them, and more orchestra teachers were hired to teach the subsequent years of orchestra students.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Doug served for more than 30 years as principal second violin with Philharmonia Northwest, a chamber orchestra based in Seattle. He is a strong believer in the idea that consistent performance and conducting are skills that enhance each other, and he encourages his students to be involved in as many aspects of musical performance as possible, especially chamber music.
NOTEWORTHY exists as a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization to support the activities of the orchestra, Evergreen Philharmonic. That support runs the gamut from selling tickets at the concerts to raising money for college scholarships. The Foundation also helps the other orchestral entities within the Issaquah School District when required. The foundation uses a standard board of directors model of governance.