Phil Townsend is a mechanical engineer, with a master’s in engineering management, employed by Amentum and working on the Hanford Vitrification Plant project. Formerly a submarine naval officer, he moved to the Tri-Cities in 1993 and fell in love with the area. He’s a graduate of Leadership Tri-Cities class VII, and supports the community in many ways, including as a classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement, occasional constructor with Habitat for Humanity, and currently serving on the City of Richland Planning Commission. While not a musician himself, Phil’s enjoyment of classical music led to joining the symphony board a little over six years ago, and but he didn’t imagine the he’d be presiding over the board during a time when the symphony couldn’t perform live music. Now that we’re performing again, he is looking forward to the day when the Tri-Cities has a performing arts center that the symphony and other arts groups can call home.
Bill Kuhn retired from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he worked 38 years on a variety of technical projects, program leadership positions, and management. He taught for 30 years as an adjunct professor at WSU/Tri-Cities. Bill holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington.
Bill joined the Symphony Board in 2019, started the current Symphony Newsletter in 2020, has served as Interim Director of Communications since spring of 2020, was the acting Concert Manger for a year and is currently serving as Vice President of the Board. He came without a background in music or specific expertise in non-profit or arts organizations, but he’s been learning fast and looks forward to increasing the presence of the Symphony in our community, and to returning membership and sponsorship to recent past levels. He encourages like-minded patrons to join the Board and work with us toward our mission: to serve the Mid-Columbia region with live performance of professional quality orchestral music.
Boyce Burdick serves as the treasurer of the Mid-Columbia Symphony Society Board of Trustees. He is a theoretical physicist/nuclear engineer who retired from AREVA in 2010. Since arriving in the Tri-Cities in 1978, he has enjoyed singing with the Columbia Chorale, Oratorio Chorus, Yakima Valley Opera Company, and is currently a member of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Symphonic Chorus and the Shalom United Church of Christ choir.
Before coming to Richland, Boyce was a Senior Theoretical Physicist at United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Connecticut. He has previously served as the president of Mid-Columbia Symphony, as well as that of the Vernon Connecticut Youth Hockey Association, and the Mid-Columbia Center for Theological Studies. Boyce holds an MS and doctoral degree from Yale University and a BA in physics from Carleton College.
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Steven Wiley is a computational biologist and project manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, where he has organized and led a number of multi-million dollar projects. He is a Laboratory Fellow (the highest scientific rank at PNNL) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Before joining PNNL in 2000, Steven was a Professor of Pathology at the University of Utah.
Steven has been active in community theater since high school and has done sound design with the Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre, and video design for the Richland Players. Steven is also on the board of directors of Columbia Center Rotary, and from 2009-2011, he was President of the Tri-Cities Habitat for Humanity. Moreover, he has been Senior Warden for All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Richland, and a member of the Arts Center Task Force since 2012, currently acting as its board’s chair.
Bill McKay has been a guest artist with the Mid-Columbia Symphony on several occasions, dating back to having won the Young Artist Competition, resulting in two “first movement” concerto performances with the orchestra. Since moving back to the Tri-Cities after his time in Texas, he has performed the Beethoven Concerto #5, the Carnival of the Animals by Saint Saens with Libby Watrous, the Gershwin Concerto in F, as well as the Rhapsody in Blue and Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 453 with the Mid-Columbia Symphony. Bill remains an active musician in other circles as well, such as the Inland Northwest Musicians, and Columbia Basin’s Concert and Jazz Bands.
For the hours in which he isn’t playing, Bill organizes exhibitions as the Dean of Arts, Humanities and Communication at Columbia Basin College, promotes the Arts as commissioner for the Washington State Arts Commission, or otherwise finds his time amongst various local Arts boards.
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