The Musicians' Association of Seattle, Local 76-493 is a membership organization, administered by elected officers and an elected board of directors. We are musicians. Our goals are to communicate to each other about workplace needs, professional desires and collective power; educate each other about our rights, responsibilities and union power; to facilitate obtaining those rights in our lives; to organize for collective bargaining; and to raise the public's awareness of the value of music and musicians.


Motter_cornicello_130107.jpgMotter Snell


Motter is a professional harpist. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Music. She has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and Seattle Opera. She was principal harpist with the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra for eight years and with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra for ten years. Motter has been president of the Seattle Musicians’ Association since 2001. Prior to her election as president, she served as the local’s secretary-treasurer for seven years. She is also a trustee for the King County Labor Council and has served on it's executive board for the past eight years.


Joan_cornicello_130107.jpgJoan Sandler 

Vice President

Ms. Sandler, violinist, performed with the Charlotte (NC) Symphony while still in high school. She received a BA in Music from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and did graduate study at American University (Washington, DC). She has played in orchestras in Washington, DC; San Francisco; and Seattle. Currently, she freelances in chamber music. Since 1996, she has been a member of Local 76-493 AFM. She has played an incremental roll managing and selling real estate for the Local, and in steering a bill that benefited musicians through the WA State Legislature. In 2012, she was appointed to the Seattle Music Commission.

warren_cornicello_130107.jpgWarren Johnson


Warren earned a BA and teaching credentials in music from the University of Washington where he studied trumpet with Roy Cummings. He has performed professionally in a variety of orchestras, theaters, chamber and folk ensembles, and taught music in schools and privately. He has served as Secretary-Treasurer of Local 76-493 since 2003. As elected officer, Warren has been a delegate to the Northwest Conference of Musicians, the Western Conference of Locals of the AFM and the AFM Convention where he has twice served on the Election Committee. Warren is presently serving as Trustee of the Martin Luther King Junior County Labor Council.



Organizer Paul Bigman grew up with music in his home with parents who met through folk dance and music. He studied clarinet and piano as an adolescent, playing first clarinet in his high school orchestra and concert band. Following work as a community organizer, he has been active in the labor movement for 40 years, including 30 years as a full-time organizer and union rep. He's worked with a variety of unions throughout the country, including clothing and textile; retail, wholesale and department store; electrical workers; newspaper workers, as the first-ever staff person for the union representing workers at the Wall Street Journal and Baron's; west coast longshore workers; office and professional employees; and, most recently, the western Washington stagehand local (IATSE). In Seattle, he's also been active as an officer and staff organizer for Jobs with Justice, as well as with the Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council and the Washington State Labor Council, the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare.


Office Secretary, Kirsten James  has been a member of the Local 76 staff since 2009. Principal flutist for the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra, Bellevue Philharmonic and piccoloist for the Bellingham Festival Orchestra, Kirsten has also played principal flute and piccolo for the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, piccolo for the Seattle Opera Orchestra and principal flute for the Auburn Symphony. Additionally, Kirsten doubles on the saxophone and has played shows at the Paramount Theatre and the 5th Avenue Theatre. Kirsten was the personnel manager for the Bellevue Philharmonic for 12 years, is currently a contractor for the Seattle Choral Company orchestra and has been on the negotiating committees for the 5th Avenue Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Bellevue Philharmonic and Tacoma Symphony. When she’s not playing or teaching music, Kirsten is an avid hiker, wild mushroom hunter and huckleberry forager.


Asst. Organizer Bassist, Composer, Producer, Nate Omdal has been acquiring a unique set of musical skills that allow him to be one of Seattle's leading musical innovators, and his production work can be seen and heard all over the city of Seattle as the music director for million dollar fundraisers, (Celebrate Swedish 2014) prestigious winery events, (Chateau St. Michelle Riesling Roundup) as well as the most popular radio and web-based Hiphop media sources (KUBE 93.3). In 2010, Omdal began a partnership with MC/Producer Spekulation. Their work has received critical praise, their music being described as reaching "highbrow requirements, leveraging elegance and elevation on the boards." (Dave Segal, The Stranger)
For several years, Omdal has been an active advocate for musicians rights. In 2014, he worked as a consultant with the Seattle Mayor's Office, Dept. of Transportation and the Office of Film and music to create a pilot program to introduce musicians' loading zones in 4 of Seattle's busiest nightlife districts. Nate was also asked to speak at The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter's 2nd Annual Songwriters Summit as a expert on musicians' advocacy.
Omdal has earned a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts. He has been financially supported by Jack Straw, 4Culture, and the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. Currently Nate is serving on the Directors' Board of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 76-493 and works as an ensemble accompanist at Cornish College of the Arts.

Executive Board


Mary Ann Lee

Mary Ann Lee joined the AFM in 1974 and Local 76-493 Board of Directors in 2004 as Representative of the Cornish Dance Accompanists. She graduated from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri at Kansas City with a BA in Piano Performance. She has extensive experience as a pianist for ballet and modern dance. Currently she is a staff pianist for Cornish College Dance Department and the University of Washington Dance Program. She is organist and pianist for Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle.

9371_cornicello_web-size1_copy.jpgSusan McLain

Susan McLain has been a member of Local 76-493 since 1989 and has served on the Executive Board since 1983. She held the position of President from 1996 until 2003. As a freelance harpist, her concern is to make the union relevant to workers not covered by collective bargaining agreements. The history of the labor movement has enriched her understanding of her work and citizenship.






Paul Bigman

Warren Johnson

Motter Snell


We serve the cities of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue and all of the Eastside, Everett, Kent, Federal Way, Yakima, Renton, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Bellingham and all of the following counties:

PACIFIC (except the area west of Highway 101 up to the junction of Highway 4 as well as along Highway 103)