About Us

We are Local 105 of the American Federation of Musicians. We are united to advance the shared interests of all musicians so that we can live and work in dignity, and our work will be fulfilling and compensated fairly. Members determine what our priorities are and how we use our resources to meet the challenges facing our industry. Ours is a democratic union; all members have a meaningful voice in decisions that affect us.

AFM 105 partners with a number of local and statewide organizations: the Spokane Regional Labor Council, the Washington State Labor Council, and Spokane Arts. The AFM holds both regional and national conferences for our Local officers and elected delegates to make sure that our Union continues to represent musicians’ needs. We work cohesively to plan for the future, organize, and promote musicians’ rights; not only locally, but nationwide and globally as well.

AFM 105 Leadership Team

President: Colleen McElroy

Vice-President: Andy Plamondon

Secretary/Treasurer: Jennifer Slaughter

Executive Board:
Stacey Eliason, Erin Foster, Kathy Kostelec, Tina Morrison

Colleen McElroy is the Piccolo/Second Flute for the Spokane Symphony and Second Flute in the Boise Philharmonic. She has been a member of Local 105 for 4 years and is also a member of Local 432 in Boise. She is the Adjunct Flute Instructor at Gonzaga University and maintains a thriving private flute studio in Spokane, WA.

Andy Plamondon is a trumpet player with the Spokane Symphony and Professor of Trumpet at Eastern Washington University. Additionally, he is incredibly active in the theater world, playing for musical theater productions throughout the Inland Northwest including many of the Broadway shows that tour through the area.

Jennifer Slaughter began serving as the Secretary-Treasurer in the summer of 2023. She is passionate about advocating for musicians and has been a member of Local 105 since 2015. She is the Third Flute of the Spokane Symphony and is a private flute instructor with a dedicated studio of flute students of all ages and levels.

Kathy Kostelec is a singer/songwriter/folk musician and plays guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and autoharp.  She performs with her husband Bill as The Blue Ribbon Tea Company.  They have performed at festivals and venues around the region since 2005 and produced 6 albums of mostly original music.  Kathy was instrumental in forming the AFM 105 Freelance Committee and serves as current chair.

Erin Foster is an active bassoonist/contra bassoonist who performs with Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Walla Walla Symphony, Spokane Civic Theatre, Mosaic Winds, the Selkirk Quintet, and other groups. She is the bassoon and woodwind techniques instructor at Gonzaga University and also teaches at Whitman College and Spokane Falls Community College. Erin adjudicates for regional and state solo/ensemble and large group festivals throughout the Inland Northwest and is a long-standing member of Local 105.

Tina Morrison has been a local officer of the AFM since 1998. She was appointed to the AFM Diversity Council in 2001. Tina then joined the International Executive Board of the American Federation of Musicians in 2010, and is the only woman in the history of the AFM to have been elected to serve on the IEB more than one term. A freelance bassoonist, she is a well-known advocate for musicians in our community. She is also the Secretary-Treasurer of the Spokane Regional Labor Council, and is a well-respected advocate for all workers.

Stacey Eliason performs with The Choppers Brass and Chamber Music Marysville. She was professor at Edmonds College where she taught applied lessons and horn ensemble until 2019 . She continues to work as a soloist, music coach, and clinician in the Seattle area. She is an active member of the American Federation of Musicians in both Seattle and Spokane locals and has served as president of the Northwest Horn Society. A successful grant writer, Stacey’s recent awards have come from American Music Project,, and the International Horn Society’s Meir Rimon Commissioning Fund. An avid performer and promoter of new music, she has performed solo recitals on chamber music series like Musical Fridays (Chicago, Illinois) Music at St. Michaels (Paris, France) and the Incline Village Chamber Music Festival (Lake Tahoe, Nevada). She enjoys promoting the horn’s solo repertoire through commissioning and recording new music. Commissions have been from Joanna Ross Hersey, Benjamin Gessel, Jeffrey Swingle, Howard Stoess, and Jeff Ball. More at www.Mrs-Eliason.com