Eastern Washington Academy of Music


Ms. French was awarded a Masters in Music in Violin Performance and certification from the University of Idaho. Previously she was given a place at Aspen Music Festival under the then famous Dorothy De Lay. She has been a featured soloist as a child in Columbus, Ohio and as a student, playing with the University of Wyoming Chamber Orchestra. Present engagements have included chamber music with the Eastern Washington Chamber Orchestra and featured solos at the Cathedral of Joy Church. Teachers have included Ferenc Cseszko, Meredith Arksey, Brian Hanly, Beata Vollmer, and Maria Larionoff, Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony. She has attended many workshops and master classes with the Emerson String Quartet, Claremont Trio, St. Lawrence Quartet, Cypress String Quartet, Peabody Trio, and Amadeus Trio.

Presently she maintains a violin/viola studio in the Tri-Cities and coaches several chamber groups and orchestras. She plays in the various symphony orchestras in Eastern Washington such as the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony, Oregon East Symphony, Yakima Symphony and Washington East Opera. She presently serves as Concertmaster of the Mid-Columbia Symphony. Also a founding board of trustee of the Eastern Washington Chamber Orchestra, she and husband Mickey are Co-directors of Eastern Washington Academy of Music.



In the summer of 2003 Mickey French and his wife, Mary K.,  founded the Eastern Washington Academy of Music (EWAM), an intensive classical music school for beginning through advanced music students.  The French’s students have taken top honors at various music competitions and their groups have performed at numerous events throughout the Tri-Cities area.  Mickey currently serves as co-director of EWAM and maintains a large cello studio.  The French’s also founded the Eastern Washington Chamber Orchestra, an elite performing group that features the regions top musicians and university and college music faculty members.

Mickey is an active performer on the cello.  He and his wife appeared for years in a piano trio called the Desert Shadows Trio and they were both founding members of the Washington East Opera, a professional opera company located in the Tri-Cities.  Mickey served for one year as the principal cellist of the Mid-Columbia Symphony Orchestra while the search committee looked for a musician to fill that position on a permanent basis.

In 1982, Mickey earned a Bachelors of Music Degree (music performance) from the University of Wyoming and proceeded to teach undergraduate music courses as a part of the school’s Masters program.  During this time, he studied cello under Barbara Thiem, the former head assistant to the world famous cellist, Janos Starker at Indiana University, and under Dr. David Tomatz, cellist with the internationally acclaimed piano trio, The Western Arts Trio.  Also at the University of Wyoming, Mickey earned the honor of being asked to play in the famous Western Arts Music Festival, an event usually reserved for music faculty musicians only.

As a junior in high school Mickey was asked to play cello with both the University of Wyoming Chamber Orchestra and the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, a privilege bestowed on very few high school musicians.  During this time,  Mickey also attended the All-Northwest Music Festival one year and the All-State Music Festival  for four consecutive years.


EWAM Building Address: 680 Symons, Richland, WA 99353