Frederick N. West founded City Cantabile Choir in 1981 after studying composition with Edwin LaBounty, choral conducting with Robert Scandrett, and instrumental conducting with William Cole at Western Washington University. He has continued his studies in Master classes and workshops over the years with Rodney Eichenberger, Doreen Rao, John Poole and the eminent Robert Shaw. Mr. West is proud to have been the music director at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church since 2004 as well as Music Director for the Seattle Peace Chorus for the past 13 years. His original works include the Balkan-inspired Christmas Cantata for strings, timpani and chorus, the Mass for the Children for chorus, cello, oboe, flute and marimbas, Diarmaid and Grainne, a theatrical choral work based on the Irish version of Tristan and Isolde, the environmental oratorio Upon This Land, and The Tiger and the Deep Blue Sea, a cantata to inspire active participation in world-wide environmental efforts. He has led choir tours to the British Isles, Austria, Cuba, Venezuela and Chile.