Kaley Eaton

Kaley E.

Seattle, WA

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Kaley delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+

Teaching since:
August 2007

Dr. Kaley Lane Eaton is a composer and soprano currently based in Seattle, WA. Her work has been performed across the US and internationally, in venues ranging from Hong Kong concert halls, to the streets of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Eaton's work crosses genre boundaries, exploring how the voice, body, and unconscious world of the performer can provide musical narratives through live digital processing, machine listening, sensors, and improvisation. Her "startling," "intriguing," "fresh," and "thoughtful" compositions are quickly gaining notoriety for combining innovative digital technology with ancient performance practices.

In addition to frequently performing her own work in bars, concert halls, living rooms, and (hopefully, someday) the lobbies of Seattle's new and overpriced luxury condo buildings, she is an avid cross-disciplinary collaborator. Recent collaborations include Karin Stevens Dance, Mazumal (cellist Olivia J.P. Harris and soprano Felicia Chen), flutist Leanna Keith, forty/sixty, Strange Interlude, violist Heather Bentley, and saxophonist Steve Treseler. She has been awarded residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2017 associate artist with master artist Derek Bermel) and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (2017) where she was awarded the distinguished Holland and Knight Fellowship. Her electroacoustic opera lily [bloom in my darkness], featuring an original libretto by Canadian author felicia klingenberg and choreography by Karin Stevens, premiered in June 2017 with the support of 4Culture's Tech Specific Grant Program. lily is also the recipient of the 2017 International Alliance for Women In Music's Pauline Oliveros New Genre prize for works exploring electroacoustic media and innovative form and style. It will be produced again in Fall 2018 with Karin Stevens Dance and the Universal Language Project alongside her new work LUNG for 6 loudspeakers, interactive electronics, dancers and large ensemble.

With flutist Leanna Keith, Eaton is co-founder of Stack Effect, a flute and voice duo. Also with Keith and violist Heather Bentley, Eaton co-directs Kin of the Moon, an improvisation-centric and technology-friendly chamber music series in Seattle. Both Stack Effect and Kin of the Moon have enjoyed recent features at new music festivals such as Oh My Ears! in Phoenix, NUMUS NW in Seattle, and the National Flute Association Convention.

As a writer with particular interest in the role of musical composition's relationship to our larger culture, Eaton has been published by KING FM's Second Inversion ("Women, Creativity, and the Classroom" (2016) and "Reflections on Wilderness" (2017)) and Common Tone Arts ("Things I wish I had known when I thought I couldn't be a composer" (2017)).

Eaton holds a DMA in composition from the University of Washington and teaches at Seattle Pacific University.

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Jan 2018 - Present
Seattle Pacific University

Teaching courses in music technology and composition.

Teaching Artist
Sep 2016 - Present
Seattle Symphony

I teach at Benaroya Hall's Soundbridge and develop units and residencies in public schools.

Predoctoral Instructor
Sep 2014 - Present
University of Washington

I teach undergraduate courses in music theory and composition, elementary to advanced.


Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), Composition
Sep 2014 - Jun 2017
University of Washington
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Jun 2013 - Jun 2014
Bard College
Master of Music (MM), Vocal Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2012
Longy School of Music of Bard College
Bachelor of Arts in Music, Vocal Performance
Aug 2006 - May 2010
Whitman College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Holland and Knight Distinguished Fellowship
Oct 2017
Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences
Pauline Oliveros New Genre Prize
Jun 2017
International Alliance for Women in Music
Tech Specific Grant
Jan 2017

Photos & Videos

Performing my original opera, "lily [bloom in my darkness]"
Performing Kate Soper's "only the words themselves mean what they say" with Leanna Keith, flute
In my home studio


2 Reviews

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Julia L. May 31, 2018
Singing · In studio

My daughter likes the teacher a lot.
She already got a lots advice for her first solo concert!

Deborah A. Oct 1, 2013
Piano ·

Great piano and voice teacher

Ms. E combined talents as an accomplished pianist and singer were a blessing for our daughter. Under her tutelage she has blossomed into a lovely musician. When she decided to take on voice as well Ms.E skillfully guided her and wisely allowed her to choose music she loved.

We miss her energy and unique abilities as a teacher to inspire a love of music. Her weekly visits were always met with great anticipation and left our daughter singing up the stairs.

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