Verne Windham

Music Director

Verne Windham got his start at Spokane Public Radio 20 years ago.  “I came in to complain and they hired me.”  He’s now the Program Director, as well as the host of Morning Classical and Concert of the Week.  When choosing music for Morning Classical, Verne likes to keep the agenda as broadly defined as possible.  For Concert of the Week, he focuses on the best of recent local performances, mostly classical in nature.  For many years, Verne was also the conductor of the Spokane Youth Orchestra. He enjoys gardening, his vintage car and playing French horn.

Ways to Connect

  Symphony Week is well underway, and Wednesday was a double header here at Spokane Public Radio.  You can read all about our first guests - Jorge Luis Uzcategui and Janet Napoles - in our Day 3, Part 1 post.  Part 2 of today's segment features a new musician with the symphony, third flutist Jennifer Slaughter, who is also one of our very own at SPR, manning the front desk every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Another day of fun with the Spokane Symphony as we reach the midpoint of Symphony Week.  It was a double header this time, so we've divided it into two parts (See Part 2 here).  The first segment featured the symphony's new Assistant Conductor, Jorge Luis Uzcategui, and Music Education Director, Janet Napoles.

Tuesday means it's Day 2 of SPR's Symphony Week with members, friends, fans, staff, supporters, and all things related to the Spokane Symphony.  Today's featured guest was Tana Bland, who is one of the violinists with the Tedesca String Quartet, our featured artist group for the first SPR Kids Concert of the season.  She also plays with Tango Volcado.  Verne chatted with her this morning, and she was kind enough to play something for us as well.

Today was the start of SPR's annual Symphony Week, featuring musicians, staff, board members, and others of the Spokane Symphony.  This programming always takes place the week leading up to the symphony's opening weekend.  Verne had the pleasure of talking with Lorrie Scott, Chair of the Spokane Symphony Board, and Dan Cotter, General Manager and 2nd Clarinetist with the symphony.  

Ignite! Community Theatre presents "Play On!" which opens next Friday, September 18th at 7:30pm. Cast members Kim Roberts (playing Polly), Tanya Morton-Brownlee (playing Violet), and Jerry Uppinghouse (playing Henry) stopped by the studio to chat with Verne today and give a sneak-peek of their upcoming performances.  Tickets available now.

Members of the upcoming Spokane Civic Theatre production "Catch Me If You Can, The Musical" visited the studio today as part of our musical theater double header (we also talked with The Modern Theater's cast members from "Rock of Ages"). Singers Amber Fieldler and Cody Bray performed selections from the show with pianist Henry McNulty, under the direction of Keith Dixon.  "Catch Me If You Can" opens September 18th and runs through October 18th.

Members of the upcoming show, "Rock of Ages," at The Modern Theater stopped by the studio to talk with Verne today as part of our musical theater double header (see Spokane Civic Theatre's "Catch Me If You Can, The Musical" post).  Singers Quinn Vaira, Brendan Brady, and Daniel McKeever performed with pianist and guitarist Zak Baker.  Under the direction of George Green, "Rock of Ages" opens this Friday, September 11th at 7:30pm and runs through October 10th at the Coeur d'Alene location.

Ivana Cojbasic stopped by the studio today to play excerpts from her upcoming piano recital.  Ivana is slated to perform this Friday, September 11th at 7:00pm at the Steinway Gallery. The concert is free but RSVP required.  Seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Upcoming Bach concerts at Barrister Winery, Sept 1 & 2, with guitarist David Leisner and cellist Zuill Bailey.

Verne Windham in the studio with double bass soloist Gary Karr prior to his Monday night 7:30 p.m. performance at Gonzaga University.