On the front cover: Portion of Scheherazade-inspired costume, designed by Carolyn Schactler, 2005.
Yakima resident and founding YSO member, Carolyn Schactler, is an internationally recognized apparel designer. A director of the Central Washington University Apparel Design Program for 28 years, she taught all aspects of apparel design, from draping, pattern drafting, and couture design to apparel history. A violinist with career aspirations in music, she earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 1949. She returned to school in 1972 to pursue her passion for apparel design through a MA degree followed by postgraduate work at the University of Texas and Potchefstroom University in South Africa. A regular winner of national and international design competitions, Schactler has been inspired by many sources. A granddaughter suggested she create a design inspired by Scheherazade of One Thousand and One Nights. A portion of the costume’s intricate shoulder work appears on this season’s brochure cover. Others have been similarly inspired by the story of Scheherazade, namely composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, resulting in one of the greatest masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire. The YSO will perform this piece on the fourth classical concert, the centerpiece of our season, Scheherazade & Other Remarkable Women, with the famous violin solo performed by YSO concertmaster Denise Dillenbeck.