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The SPU Voices Podcast is a Seattle Pacific University monthly interview show dedicated to telling inspiring and compelling stories. Everyone has a story. We showcase those which are both artistically rich and relevant to current culture. The more personal the story, the more universal the impact.
53 Episodes
Provost Laura Hartley oversees undergraduate and graduate faculty and academics working with President Dan Martin to establish and champion an academic and faith-based vision for Seattle Pacific. Prior to stepping into the role, she was the associate provost for student academic success and Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at George Fox. And in the classroom, Provost Hartley taught linguistics, intercultural communication, and first-year experience courses. Her discipline of linguistics gives her an appreciation for the incredible diversity that is part of the human family.
Sharelle Klaus '92 is the founder and CEO of DRY Botanical Bubbly, formerly DRY Soda, and the author of the Guide to Zero-Proof Cocktails. DRY Botanical Bubbly is sold in more than 9,000 stores and top restaurants in Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco include it as a featured menu item. Recently, it appeared as a featured cocktail in SPU’s Behold! A Sacred Sounds of Music Virtual Experience downloadable viewing packet.
Industrial-organizational psychologist and SPU professor Dr. Helen Chung defines "work narrative" and shares personal stories that illuminate how narratives are influenced by motivations. Hear more about her story and work on this episode of the SPU Voices Podcast.
This episode, we sat down with Dr. Ryan Ellis. He serves as Seattle Pacific University's Director of Choirs, in addition to the music director at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Bellevue, and artistic director of Choral Sounds Northwest of Northwest Associated Arts. Prior to starting a doctorate at the University of Washington, Dr. Ellis was director of the Bermuda Chamber Choir and co-founder of the Bermuda Festival Orchestra. He led an active performance season with those two ensembles that included several national television spots. He's an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association of Music Educators.
Dr. Danny Helseth directs the symphonic wind ensemble at Seattle Pacific University. He's recognized as an exciting and spirited euphonium soloist, and has been a featured artist throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, and China. A champion of music education, Professor Helseth has presented masterclasses and clinics to students of all ages throughout the United States and Asia. He holds degrees from Central Washington University, the University of North Texas, Royal Northern College of Music, and he has received his doctorate from the University of Washington in 2017.
Conductor, violinist, composer, pedagogue, and musicologist, Christopher T. F. Hanson enjoys working with a large variety of musicians and educators in multiple communities from around the world. As a violinist and composer, Christopher Hanson has premiered several works in multiple genres and serves as the chief arranger and first violinist of the Sacred Ensemble with Dr. Shana Mashego. Christopher currently serves as an assistant professor and director of music, education, and orchestral activities at Seattle Pacific University.
Beth Ann Bonnecroy is in demand as a conductor, singer, and teacher of voice. Her foundation as a singer and extensive experience as a voice teacher shapes her priorities as a conductor as well. Healthy singing and the development of a singer's personal vocal technique are emphasized in her choir she conducts and it contributes to the free and beautiful sound her choirs achieve. She joined SPU as a voice teacher and conductor of the treble choir in 2013.
Phillip Ferrell II has been making music for most of his life, both vocally and as a keyboardist. He began professional training at the age of 12, first studying classical music and ultimately jazz. Eventually, Phillip became as fascinated with the technical aspect of creating music as he had been performing it. Consequently, he began working with bands and singers all over the country. He continues to be in demand as a guest worship leader, songwriter, and producer, traveling throughout the country and abroad. 
We sat down with Dr. Brian Chin. He's a musician, educator, and cultural entrepreneur. Trained in western cultural jazz and world traditions, Brian's musical focus is only part of his larger vision as the founder and executive director of Common Tone Arts and the chair of the Music Department at Seattle Pacific University.With a wide array of musical activities, Brian moves seamlessly between soloing as a trumpeter, freelancing for world-class orchestras, composing new music, performing with the contemporary chamber ensemble Torch, and producing socially conscious multi-arts events.
Listen to Carlene Brown, professor of music and director of music therapy, tell us how music can be used to help both body and mind.
As if teaching, conducting, performing, writing, and singing the national anthem for the Seattle Sounders didn’t keep Dr. Stephen Michael Newby busy enough, he has embarked on a journey of radical reconciliation that brought him from Michigan to Seattle to a graveyard in Georgia.
Pam Marmon graduated with her master of business administration from SPU in 2012. She's the CEO of Marmon Consulting, a change management firm that provides strategy and execution services, to help companies transform. Pam is also the founder of Threefold Tribe, a consulting firm that helps growing churches multiply. From fortune 50 to startups, Pam brings unparalleled change expertise and insights as a practitioner, a speaker, and the bestselling author of No One's Listening, and It's Your Fault. Marmon was an adjunct business professor at Wheaton College and has been featured in Christianity Today and Entrepreneur Magazine.
Megan Swanson Chao '09 is the U.S. executive director and co-founder of Hope for Life in Rwanda. Her organization helps Rwandan children escape homelessness and back into healthy families through outreach, rehabilitation, and reintegration. Her role as the ministry’s U.S. executive director and co-founder, Megan was recognized as Seattle Pacific’s GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) 2018 Alumna of the Year.
Across the nation, college costs rise every year, representing a consistent barrier to students accessing the college of their choice. Over the last decade, the average cost of college has risen by more than 25 percent. We caught up with Assistant VP for Enrollment Operations and Student Financial Services Jordan Grant to discuss SPU's big "Tuition Reimagined" announcement. Beginning in autumn 2021, the new annual tuition will be reduced by 25 percent to $35,100 — before financial aid is factored in, which 95 percent of SPU students receive. Learn more about all the details in this episode of the SPU Voices Podcast.
Pike Place Market Foundation Executive Director Lillian Sherman ’91 shares some history about Pike Place, including the little known fact that people live there, and how the Pike Place Market Foundation cares for them. She also highlights how vendors have adapted during the coronavirus pandemic, including the famous fish throwers and popular flower sellers.
Vice Provost of Academic Affairs Cindy Price talks about preparing for the upcoming school year and the best way help the college-aged people handle change.
Richard Dahlstrom '74 has been the senior pastor at Bethany Community Church for 25 years. Richard talks about his road to being a pastor, things he learned in the Alps while on sabbatical, and his advice for pastors.
Bruce Congdon, professor emeritus of biology, draws on his 35 years of higher education experience to help explain his views on the intersection of science and faith.
This episode will be different from previous episodes. We invite you to listen to a recent chapel that was held on-campus titled, “Prayer and Lament”. Hear from Chaplain Lisa Ishihara, Dr. Stephen Newby, Caenisha Warren, Ashlee’ Thomas, Kelsey Rorem, and Priscilla Onyedikachi Ozodo as they share their experiences, and the experiences of students, on our campus with race and injustice. Listen to the stories of hardship and sorrow in this time that is set aside for lament.
Listen to Carlene Brown, professor of music and director of music therapy, tell us how music can be used to help both body and mind.
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