Marci comes to Magnolia UCC with a very diverse background. She formerly ran a community health clinic in Nepal, was a hospice nurse on the front lines during the peak of the AIDS crisis, studied health policy and run a non-profit healthcare company. She has a Masters in Divinity from Seattle University and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. She has a passion for worship and spiritual experiences that extend beyond Sunday mornings and outside of the church walls into our greater community. Outside of Magnolia, Marci enjoys reading a good work of fiction in front of a fire on a cold, rainy day or taking a hike deep into the Cascades with her daughters.
Ryan moved to Seattle from the New York City metropolitan area in 2017. A classically trained pianist, he holds a degree in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio and has performed at a wide variety of events over the years. Ryan has an extensive background in providing music for church worship; various weddings, ceremonies and funerals as well as for restaurants/lounges throughout NYC and Seattle. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys hiking with his pup Bailey and exploring everything the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer. www.ryanjameswagner.com.
Soprano and Conductor, Octavia is a fierce advocate for vocal music. She prides herself on a devotion to contemporary works and is especially interested in programming composers with less representation in the Western Canon. After receiving her B.M. in 2013 in Vocal Performance from Cornish College of the Arts, she performed, conducted, and taught in Seattle until beginning her studies at Yale University in 2016. She graduated from the Yale School of Music with her M.M. in Choral Conducting and Institute of Sacred Music Certificate in 2018. Since then, she has been a full time church-musician and music teacher in Connecticut, where she has also worked as a performer in numerous classical and non-classical capacities. Whether as a singer or a conductor, McAloon most enjoys engaging in pieces that achieve something genuinely new for their genre. Her other passions include composition, songwriting – with her first album to be released by early 2020, guitar, visual arts, and the Great Northwest.