P.O. Box 9547  Spokane, WA  99209


Felicia Bawden
Administative Assistant

Originally from Southeast Idaho, Felicia's family moved to Spokane in 2011.  She and her husband, Shaun have four beautiful children, two girls and two boys, that keep them busy and active.  Her oldest son plays the viola in Philharmonic. Felicia is also very active in their church and the PTA for the kids' school.  Not having formal musical training, she takes great delight in listening to her children learn and play different musical instruments.   Felicia enjoys spending time with her family, running and traveling when she gets a chance. 

Rachel Dorfman
Business Manager


Rachel Dorfman started her study of the violin at age fvie. Her major teachers include Vera McCoy Sulentic, Sharron Smith, and Kathryn Lucktenberg. In 2001, Rachel graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in violin performance. After spending a year freelancing with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Mozart Players, and OSU-Corvallis Symphony; and also playing Bach on the streets and in the coffeehouses of Portland, Oregon; Rachel won her job with the Spokane Symphony in the fall of 2002. In the spring of 2013, Rachel retired from the Spokane Symphony in order to care for her daughters.

One of the great joys of her life is teaching. Rachel has maintained a private home studio since moving to Spokane in 2002. Since 2003, Rachel has been invited to coach several area school orchestras each school year.  She has also regularly coached violin sectionals for the Spokane Youth Symphony.

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Jennifer O'Bannan
Executive Director


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Jennifer became the Spokane Youth Symphony's Executive Director in June of 2016 after working with Spokane Youth Symphony for 10 years. She joined the the SYS staff in 2006, following a year on the SYS Board of Directors. Her interest in the organization goes back to the 1970's when she was a member of the Spokane Junior Symphony, first playing the violin and then the viola.  She attended Eastern Washington University where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in viola performance, during which time she was also a member of the Spokane Symphony. She continues to perform in chamber ensembles.

In addition to her position as the SYS Executive Director, Jennifer has taught violin and viola students of all ages and levels for nearly two decades. She has been teaching Strings at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy since the fall of 2014. She taught strings at Northwest Christian School and Upper Columbia Academy.

Jennifer has been appointed to serve on the Charities Advisory Council to the Washington Secretary of State for the 2017-19 term.

She and her husband have nine children and 14 grandchildren, all who live in the Spokane area..

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