Become a part of the SMA Music Program. More than 30% of SMA students are involved in our award-winning ensembles and exemplary music elective courses. Below you will find information for each of the music courses here at SMA.

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Meet our Orchestra teacher, Brittany Newell!

Brittany Newell’s education includes a BM in Music Education and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Washington, as well as a Masters in Music from Western Washington University. From 2012-2022 she directed orchestra programs and taught math and music theory at two large and diverse public high schools in the Seattle area. During her time in these positions, her ensembles performed at the National ASTA Festival, won the league contest for the large strings division, performed at the state contest, placed 1st alternate at the National Orchestra Festival, and performed in venues such as Lincoln Center in New York City, the Colburn School in LA and Benaroya Hall in Seattle. She was awarded with the Outstanding Educator Award in 2016 during her time at Ballard High School. Brittany also currently conducts Portland Overture Strings with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony.

Brittany has enjoyed playing with various orchestras including the Emerald City Ballet Theater, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Cascade Symphony, University of Washington Symphony, and subbing with the Portland Columbia Symphony. In addition to classical music, Brittany plays traditional fiddle music, and has spent time immersed in the Pacific NW old time music and dance scene performing for concerts, dances, and festivals across the country. She is a member of the American String Teachers Association, Oregon Music Educators Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas and holds a Professional Oregon Teaching License with endorsements in Music and Advanced Mathematics.