Mannfried Funk, Treasurer
Born in San Francisco, Mr. Funk began musical studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music when he was five. Beyond earning his BA, BAed and MA, he pursued studies in Israel. He entered the professional world as the Co-Principal cellist of the Sinfonica National de Colombia in Bogota. In Bogota he also played for commercial recordings and toured europe with the Orquesta Pro Musica de Bogota. Returning to the US, he was hired by the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. He also was a fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute playing under conductors Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Lewis, Eiji Oue and others. Later Mr. Funk built a 35 student cello studio, was an adjunct teacher at North Seattle Community College, performed chamber music and recorded for the movie industry. His piano trio was engaged by the state department to play for Boris Yeltsin’s visit to Seattle and eventually toured Japan. Later, he was engaged to be on the US tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, Music of the Night. After the tour ended, he was recruited as principal cello and personnel manager for The Federal Way Symphony and later also the Bellevue Symphony. In 2014 he and his wife took a vacation to Homer, Alaska. The B&B where they were staying, now called Juneberry Lodge, was for sale and within two days they decided to buy it and move to Homer. Their B&B is operating successfully since 2015. Meanwhile he maintains his Personnel Manager position and flies to Seattle for performances. In Homer he has worked collaboratively with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, the Homer Council on the Arts, the Homer Youth Orchestra and Opus program, and the Pratt Museum. He also performed in a collaborative project with composer Larry Moss, poet Wendy Erd, dancer Mariah Maloney, and violinist Daniel Perry at the Bunnell Street Arts Center.