7:00 – 7:45 a.m.   Paul Richardson. 

He began his first piano lessons at age 9, and in 5 years was composing music and studying music theory at the Detroit Conservatory of Music.  At age, 17, he was touring with a professional band.   He has experience with many styles of music from Classical, Modern, and Jazz, to Blues, Rock, Boogie-Woogie, and Bluegrass.  He’s a vocalist, and an exponent of a number of instruments including piano and keyboards, guitar, flute, bass, harmonica and others.

We’ll have to see what he has in mind, he tends to be a bit impromptu.

You may have seen him on the cover of the March issue of, Kirkland Living.

Here’s our own, Paul Richardson.


8:00 – 8:45 a.m.   Juanita High School Jazz Choir

This ensemble meets every day of the week before the regular school day begins, arriving at 6:55 a.m. tuned up and ready to sing!  The mix of 9th to 12th graders are all part of this music development group.  While some members have been have been singing since they were wee ones, others are just trying out their singing voices for the first time.  They are directed by Lehua Pischke who has taught in the district off and on for 23 years.  The Jazz Choir loves representing Juanita High School and sharing their love of singing, music and each other wherever they perform.


9:00 – 9:45 a.m.   Evergreen Middle School Jazz Ensemble

Next up is the Evergreen Middle School’s Jazz Club directed by Eric Peterson.  This energetic group of 6th, 7th and 8th graders meets once a week at 7a to learn the form of America’s Music, Jazz.  These great kids show up for practice prepared and ready to swing.  With a developing repertoire from Latin to Big Band to Heavy Metal, they are stretching their experiences and are excited to share their music.


10:00 -10:20 a.m.   Thoreau Elementary School Choir

Returning to delight pancake eaters is the Thoreau Elementary Choir, directed by Sharon Frank and accompanied by Kara Markell.  This lively group of kids in grades 3 through 5 practice once a week after school and love being part of the Kirkland Community.


10:30-1-:50 a.m.   Andanta Kirkland Youth Choir

The Andanta Kirkland Youth Choir was formed in 2009 as a non-profit choir to educate children ages 6-11 in vocal performance.  Directed by Sue Heale and Natalie Fulton, the choir is now part of the Kirkland Academy of Music and Performance in Totem Lake.  Their spring season features sons from the Sound of Music.


11:00--11:45 a.m.   Carillon Chamber Choir

The Carillon Chamber Choir was founded by Jim Peterson in 2014 as a youth program of the non-profit Kirkland Academy of Music and Performance and recently expanded its membership to include singers of all ages.  The Choir performs challenging chamber repertoire and is known for its beautiful tone and overall artistry.  The choir often appears in concert with its sister ensemble, the Carillon Chamber Orchestra.  The choir is proud to have been the headlining choral group for opening ceremony for the Leavenworth Tree Lighting Festival for the past two years and has been invited back this December.  It is one of the largest festivals of its type in the world with about 15,000 people in attendance. 

Their performance for the pancake breakfast will embrace a variety of musical genres and eras, from Renaissance and sacred music to current pop favorites.