Music Center Staff
Michael Alstad, Executive Director
Michael Alstad joined Music Center of the Northwest in January of 2007. “The opportunity to be here was one I jumped at. Music Center provides people with an opportunity to make a profound difference in their lives through music. It is an honor and privilege to provide leadership to such a wonderful organization.” Michael has been involved in school and community music programs for the past 25 years in the United States and Canada. His educational background includes both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education from Eastern Washington University. Michael is a trumpet player who enjoys playing in all types of groups and genres, but especially loves big band jazz. In addition to his musical pursuits he is an avid golfer and on a warm spring or summer day you might find him sneaking away to a Mariners game.
Janice Gockel, Director Emeritus, Music Together, Co-Director
Janice founded Music Center in March of 1989 and served as Executive Director of Music Center for thirteen years. Still a very active member of the faculty, she also works with the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce, and performs with Philharmonia Northwest, and other organizations. In what remaining spare time she has, Janice is also an award winning baker, which is to great benefit of the faculty and staff.
Monica Allen, Music Together, Co-Director
Kendal Keyes, Director of Administration and Student Services
Kendal joined the Music Center office staff as Administrative Coordinator in 2014. Prior to joining Music Center, she worked in Development at a performing arts center and music school in Eugene, Oregon. Kendal holds a degree in Music Business from University of Puget Sound and is an active violist.
Anita Kumar, Director of Community Outreach and Partnerships
Anita Kumar joined the Music Center staff in 2014. She is also currently a student at University of Washington, pursuing her Ph.D. in Music Education. Prior to coming to Seattle, Anita was a public school music educator in Phoenix, Arizona, where she also earned a Master of Music in Music Education from Arizona State University.
Ryan Schultz, Director of Educational Outreach and Partnerships
Ryan Schultz joined Music Center in September of 2015. “I am thrilled to become a part of Music Center. The opportunity to bring music and musical instruction into the lives of students who might not otherwise be able to afford it is very important to me.” Ryan has a diverse career as a performer, educator and administrator spanning over two decades. When not working, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family and watching professional U.S. football. For more information, please see Ryan’s faculty bio.