Kim Roy is a celebrated conductor, educator, violist, and clinician in the greater Seattle area. She concurrently serves as the Music Director of the Seattle Rock Orchestra and Seattle Rock Orchestra Summer Intensive; West Seattle Symphony; Snohomish County Music Project; and Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras. Praised by musicians for her “clear, no-nonsense” approach to orchestral leadership, Kim brings a positive atmosphere to rehearsal and an infectious energy to performance.
A passionate leader in music education, Kim served as Director of Orchestras at Renton High School and Dimmit Middle School. Currently, Kim works as a strings specialist in the Seattle Youth Symphony’s outreach program, SYSO In the Schools. In this capacity, Kim has helped to grow orchestra programs at high-risk schools and provide professional string instruction to students in need. Outside of her work with SYSO, Kim implemented the Carnegie Hall Link-Up Program in the Everett and Marysville school districts, providing 4th and 5th graders the unique experience of playing alongside a professional symphony orchestra.
Recognized for her leadership in a variety of musical styles, Kim was named one of the “50 Women Who Rock” by Seattle Weekly for her work with the Seattle Rock Orchestra. With SRO, Kim routinely performs for sold out audiences and has collaborated with artists such as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Stewart Copeland, Elvis Costello, Allen Stone, Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger, and DeVotchKa. As an in-demand studio conductor, Kim has recorded orchestral tracks for Macklemore’s “The Heist.” Her work with the Snohomish County Music Project has used the rock-orchestra model to raise over $400,000 for various charities. Kim is thrilled to be joining the Garfield High School family as Director of Orchestras.