Wendy Devaney (she/her) moved to Seattle in 2017 from Austin, Texas. She grew up in El Paso, Texas, and began playing violin in middle school and viola in high school. Growing up in a border town and playing the violin meant one thing: mariachi! Wendy performed with mariachi bands for 25 years throughout Texas along with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and various local bands. Her love of the Pacific Northwest began while attending Marrowstone Music Festival in high school. She was inspired to study music performance on viola in college, and hoped to one day end up in the Seattle area. It took a while, but Wendy is thrilled to be here and in addition to working with SYSO, performs with the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. Outside of music and viola jokes, Wendy enjoys hiking, winter sports, and camping with her husband and cat, Primrose. (Insert viola joke here)
Founded in 1942, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra is the largest youth orchestra training program in the United States.