Pacific MusicWorks inspires audiences with music and music theater worthy of the world stage, animating beloved baroque masterpieces and joyfully exploring new and unknown works.
Seattle-based Pacific MusicWorks is a musical production company focused primarily, but not exclusively, on the presentation of vocal chamber music and operatic works of the 17th and 18th centuries with a growing emphasis on outreach to underserved and diverse communities throughout King County. PMW is guided by the vision and skill of its stellar artistic team = GRAMMY award winner and Founder Stephen Stubbs (guitar/lute/conductor) and our co-Artistic directors Tekla Cunningham (violin) and Henry Lebedinsky (harpsichord/organ). Along with frequent guest artist Maxine Eilander (harp), this dynamic team leads all productions from conception to performance.
The goal of the organization is to create a broader community to produce truly world-caliber music and music-theater performances. For each PMW mainstage production, an artistic community of Seattle-area instrumentalists and singers is augmented by regional, national, and international artists as appropriate to the particular work being performed. This larger musical community is frequently joined, in turn, by outstanding artists from other fields.
Collaborating institutions include St. James Cathedral, Christ our Hope at the Josephinum, Epiphany Parish, Resonance at SOMA Towers, and Benaroya Hall. PMW performances in Seattle and King County are attended by approximately 3,000 music-lovers per year. A substantial group of donors makes gifts of $50 to $20,000 annually to sustain the organization. Other supporters include music-student volunteers and a network of people who provide accommodations for visiting artists and venues for social events.
PMW extends its community through extensive programming of events at community venues and other non-traditional venues. Our newest initiative is a series of free-to-the-public concerts on the first Wednesday of each month at Christ Our Hope Church at the Josephinum in downtown Seattle called Sanctuary in the City. These concerts have gathered a diverse audience– including local tech works, people off the street, retirees, as well as employees from other the nearby businesses. When safe to do so, Pacific MusicWorks plans to expand these outreach endeavors to include free-to-the-public concerts in Everett and at Seattle University.