About Us
Mission Statement

The Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra seeks to integrate live professional symphonic music into the Lake Washington communities and beyond.  Our mission is to delight, enrich, and inspire these communities through performance, outreach and education.


The Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra has strong ties to cities surrounding Lake Washington.  After 43 years of performance as the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestra was shut down in 2011 due to the severe economic downturn of 2008.  The musicians recognized that the orchestra had served its surrounding communities well with both concerts and educational outreach programs and was at the height of its professional artistic reach when the orchestra was disbanded.  To continue this legacy of excellent music making, the musicians decided to form a new professional orchestra under the name of The Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra.

Organizational Structure

The Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra has adopted an organizational model successfully used by several orchestras throughout the world that have restarted after financial difficulties.  Simply put, the orchestra members themselves run the day-to-day operations of the orchestra with the help of key community volunteers.

Interim Executive Director

Marti Garrett

LWSO Board

Mary Kantor, President
Beverly Setzer, Vice President
Linda Peragine, Secretary
Merle Harris, Treasurer
Kirsten James, Marketing

Development Board

Doug Tarnow
Aaron Gazes
Michael Herr
Ryan James
David Rule

Honorary Board

Yefim Bronfman
Asher Fisch
Gil Shaham 
Leonard Slatkin
Jeff Tyzik


A native of Russia, Michael Miropolsky has served as principal violinist with the Moscow State Symphony, performed with the Radio and Television String Quartet in many countries around the world, and recorded internationally on the Melodia label.

Michael Miropolsky came to the United States in 1990 and has been the Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra as well as a featured soloist. Along with his numerous musical activities; judging competitions, and extensive teaching, Mr. Miropolsky, who strongly believes in the value and importance of musical education, often conducts presentations at schools and colleges. He coaches young musicians and orchestras, gives master classes, and performs as a guest conductor all across the state of Washington.

Michael Miropolsky is both the founder and conductor of the Jewish Community Center Chamber Orchestra, conductor of the Northwest School Orchestra in Seattle, and served as a faculty member for the University of Puget Sound. He also founded and is the conductor of the Seattle Conservatory of Music Chamber Orchestra Young Virtuosi, which has grown to be the finest student group in the area. He released the group’s first CD, The Best of Young Virtuosi, in 2001.

In 1999 Michael Miropolsky founded the Seattle Violin Virtuosi, a unique ensemble consisting of 12 violins and a piano accompaniment.  Three years later, he founded the Seattle Chamber Orchestra and continues to serve as Music Director for both organizations. He released eight CDs with the aforementioned groups on the Ambassador label. The groups earned immediate recognition from critics and audience alike. The Seattle Times named these groups “the best of both musical worlds: Russian tradition and American excellence.”

In 2002, Michael Miropolsky was chosen as the new Music Director of the Cascade Symphony Orchestra. He released the orchestra’s first CD, Symphonic Treasures, in 2007. In 2009 Miropolsky was selected as the Music Director of the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra.

His latest recording projects include a CD of opera arias with soprano Christina Kowalski, a CD with euphonium virtuoso Adam Frey and the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, and a CD with the Seattle Violin Virtuosi entitled Berceuse.  In 2013 Michael Miropolsky, Rick Steves and the Cascade Symphony Orchestra created the innovative program, Europe, a Symphonic Journey, which received a 60-minute presentation on public television across the USA and was released on both CD and DVD.

In addition to his musical endeavors, Michael Miropolsky and the Cascade Symphony Orchestra published the orchestra’s first cookbook, Measures and Pleasures.